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Infectious mononucleosis complicated by lingual tonsillitis

  • Gady Har-El (a1) and Jordan S. Josephson (a1)


Although upper airway obstruction and superimposed infection are well-known complications of infectious mononucleosis, lingual tonsillitis in this context has not been mentioned in the literature. We describe a case of acute bacterial lingual tonsillitis with airway obstruction complicating infectious mononucleosis. The role of the base of tongue region in the pathophysiology of infectious mononucleosis is discussed.


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Gady Har-El, M.D., Department of Otolaryngology, The Long Island College Hospital, 340 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.


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Infectious mononucleosis complicated by lingual tonsillitis

  • Gady Har-El (a1) and Jordan S. Josephson (a1)


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