Infectious mononucleosis complicated by necrotizing epiglottitis, dysphagia, and pneumonia

Chest. 1989 Jul;96(1):204-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.96.1.204.


Although infectious mononucleosis is usually a benign illness, life-threatening complications may occur. We describe a 17-year-old pregnant girl who developed necrotizing epiglottitis and dysphagia progressing to aspiration pneumonia and respiratory failure. The factors predisposing to this life-threatening complication are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Epiglottitis / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infectious Mononucleosis / complications*
  • Laryngitis / etiology*
  • Larynx / pathology
  • Necrosis
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / etiology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious*