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    Old 04-03-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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    what does it mean that my son has ebv in his blood work results

    my son had a small knot like thing is his neck about 1cm in size he is three years old . i took him too the pediatrician and he sent him for a bunch of blood work my son also has the sickle cell trait . the blood work came back and the doc said he had very high levels of ebv in his blood work he said this can turn into lyphoma that is cancer thats scary. he said he is ok right now but to whatch the knot in his neck closly to make sure it dosnt grow or watch out for more . does anyone know more about this ? my son shows no sickly symptoms at all he is healthy should i be worried about the ebv and the knot in his neck and should i call a speacialist any advice ? i dont want nothing to happen to my baby

     
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    Re: what does it mean that my son has ebv in his blood work results

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    my son had a small knot like thing is his neck about 1cm in size he is three years old . i took him too the pediatrician and he sent him for a bunch of blood work my son also has the sickle cell trait . the blood work came back and the doc said he had very high levels of ebv in his blood work he said this can turn into lyphoma that is cancer thats scary. he said he is ok right now but to whatch the knot in his neck closly to make sure it dosnt grow or watch out for more . does anyone know more about this ? my son shows no sickly symptoms at all he is healthy should i be worried about the ebv and the knot in his neck and should i call a speacialist any advice ? i dont want nothing to happen to my baby
    Hi Mama!

    EBV is Epstein-Barr virus and it's one that >80% of people have been exposed to by the time they're 30. Oftentimes we're exposed to it as high school students. Yes EBV can turn in to lymphoma, but that's not something that happens immediately and considering 80% of people have it and the vast majority of those people do NOT have lymphoma, that's not something you should focus on.

    In an acute infection with EBV, most people are completely asymptomatic; however, there is a small group of people who can get a sick syndrome with fever, fatigue and swollen glands--this is often called mono (short for mononucleosis) or "glandular fever" in the UK. It's something which goes away on its on once the person's immune system mounts a reponse to it.

    In your son's case, it sounds like he has an acute infection with EBV and his body is fighting it off. Just do what you'd normally do with him, and he should get better in about 2 weeks or so.

     
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