|Alternate:||Mono-Spot; Heterophile Antibodies|
|Includes:||Screen for the presence of heterophile antibodes.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Routine: 24 hours.|
STAT: 1 hour
|Container:||Red top tube, 1 serum separator microtainer or 1 purple microtainer|
|Rejection:||Excessive hemolysis or chylous serum.|
|Uses:||Detection of heterophile antibodies related to infectious mononucleosis.|
|Limitations:||Correlation with clinical findings is imperative since 10% of cases of Epstein Barr virus (EBV) induced mononucleosis are heterophile negative. This is especially common in children. Another 10% of cases of mononucleosis (primarily in adults) are caused by infectious agents other than EBV, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) or toxoplasmosis, and are also heterophile negative.|
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