Lab Test : Infectious Mononucleosis Screening Test

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Alternate:Mono-Spot; Heterophile Antibodies
Includes:Screen for the presence of heterophile antibodes.
Department:Immunology-Serology
Phone:(937) 641-3369
SQ Code:IFM
Available:Daily, 24 hours
Turnaround:Routine: 24 hours.
STAT: 1 hour
Specimen:Blood
Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Red top tube, 1 serum separator microtainer or 1 purple microtainer
Temperature:N/A
Rejection:Excessive hemolysis or chylous serum.
Normal:Negative
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.
Method:Latex agglutination
 

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