Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Are There Long-Term Effects From Epstein Barr Virus?

Friday, 25 June 2010 09:10 AM

Question: I am a 58-year-old white male. I’ve had high blood pressure and high cholesterol for 25 years and take Lotrel (5/20 milligrams) and Zocor (80 milligrams). I have low testosterone (and take Testim 1 percent), and take Cingular and Zirtec for seasonal allergies.
In the past 12 months, I've experienced a series of symptoms that include swollen glands, sore throat, raspy cough, sores on gums or in nose, muscle aches, fatigue, night sweats, and occasional insomnia. My doctor says that I might have Epstein Barr Virus (EBVA VCA IgG Antibody of 1:640). Are there any long-term effects of EBV?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Let’s consider the possibility of side effects from multiple medications before we start inventing new disorders for you.
You need a careful evaluation of your symptoms and your physical health because the symptoms you describe fit many conditions and need to be fully investigated.

Your test results simply reflect your exposure to the EBV virus at some point in your life, and reveals your body has generated the expected antibody response to EBV (which most of us have by the age of 30). The titre itself would not be significant unless it was triple. Insist on further evaluation of your symptoms

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