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Mono Blood Test - More Information
The mono test, also known as the mono blood test, mono lab test, and heterophile antibody test, checks for the presence of mono antibodies in the blood.
The mono blood test is frequently used by people looking to screen for the presence of an illness called mononucleosis. Mononucleosis, also known as mono, is an infectious disease spread by fluids like saliva. In most cases, mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms of a mono infection include generalized fatigue, fever, and a sore throat with swollen lymph nodes. This mono blood test works by testing the blood against an antibody mixture from several animals.
Some people may test negative on this mono blood test even though they have suspicious symptoms. As a result, some people might consider getting an Epstein-Barr test at the same time as the mono test to get a more accurate laboratory picture of whether a mono infection might be present. This mono test can detect heterophile antibodies in people with mono as early as 4 days into the illness. 90% of people exhibit a positive test within 21 days after a mono infection.
To get the mono ;ab test near you, order online and get tested at the Quest Diagnostics lab you selected. Once your mono blood test report is ready, it can be downloaded. As can be seen on the sample mono lab test report above, a negative result will be reported if no heterophile antibodies are detected in the blood.
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