Which organs are affected by the chronic Epstein-Barr virus?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Signs of infection by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) may include a swollen liver, enlarged lymph nodes and spleen, and sometimes swelling of the area around the eyes. The virus causes an inflammatory reponse in the spleen, leading to its swelling; those with this complication are in danger of rupturing the spleen, and are usually advised to avoid situations (like sports) that can put them in danger. In addition to these problems, EBV is linked to swelling of the brain or spinal cord or the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord, swelling of the eye nerve, swelling of the pancreas, swelling of the heart, and injury to the lungs (including pneumonia). Fortunately for most people the infection is mild and without serious complications. 

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