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October 9, 1967

Infectious Mononucleosis In the Aging

Author Affiliations

Riverside, Calif

JAMA. 1967;202(2):155. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130150123037

To the Editor:—  A case of mine (195:1158, 1966) in a 70-year-old retired teacher was, I believed at the time, only the third adequately documented case of infectious mononucleosis in a patient over the age of 60. Since that time I have found references to two previously published cases in patients aged 65 and 68.1 In addition, at least two more cases, in patients, aged 722 and 63,3 have been subsequently reported in detail, and another in the age group 65 to 69 has been alluded to.4 This, then, would bring the total to eight substantiated cases of infectious mononucleosis in patients over the age of 60. More cases of infectious mononucleosis probably occur among the elderly than had been previously thought; I have seen personally, a second patient over 60 years of age within 15 months of the first.

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