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Biochemical studies on hepatic involvement in infectious mononucleosis
  1. D. N. Baron,
  2. Joyce L. Bell,
  3. W. N. Dunnet1
  1. Department of Chemical Pathology, Royal Free Hospital, London
  2. Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal Free Hospital, London


    Eighty cases of infectious mononucleosis have been investigated by serum enzyme studies and other liver function tests.

    Maximum abnormalities occurred between the second and fourth weeks of illness and all tests were usually normal by the sixth week. Serum isocitric dehydrogenase activity was increased in 93% of cases and serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase in 74%. Conventional liver function tests were less sensitive. Serum bilirubin was above normal in 40% of cases; in 17% of cases the increase was sufficient to show as clinical jaundice.

    No patient has developed chronic hepatitis.

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    • 1 Present address: Epidemiological Section, Ministry of Health, London.