Sudden asphyxial death complicating infectious mononucleosis

Lauren R. Boglioli, Mark L. Taff

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Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a disease traditionally defined by a triad of clinical, laboratory, and serologic factors. It is typically a benign, self-limited disease of children and young adults. Upper airway obstruction is a rare but potentially fatal complication of IM resulting from massive tonsillar enlargement, pharyngeal edema, or both. We report a case of sudden death due to airway obstruction in IM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-177
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Asphyxia
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Hot tonsillectomy
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Sudden death
  • Upper airway obstruction


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