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September 25, 1972

Recurrence of Infectious Mononucleosis

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Brigham Young University Provo, Utah

JAMA. 1972;221(13):1518. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200260054029

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To the Editor.—  We are inclined to agree with Dr. Kenneth Rose (221: 195, 1972) of the University of Nebraska Health Service. In 16 years' experience with cases of infectious mononucleosis, and representing thousands of cases, usually with two to three years of follow-up study (since the majority of our cases are in the underclassmen, coming to us from out-of-state), we have not encountered a recurrence.That recurrence might be documented I would not presume to deny, since the word "never" is used very sparingly, if at all, in medicine. But I would suggest that such is, in our experience, probably very rare.