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Do I have to see a specialist to get a mono spot ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a mono spot ordered?

No: It is certainly something your primary physician can order but you may need ebv/cmv and parvo virus titers as well since monospots are not very sensitive. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more


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What amount of blood do they need to take for a mono spot?

What amount of blood do they need to take for a mono spot?

Tiny amount: Monospot tests are frequently performed in offices as a rapid screening tool to detect antibodies to the EBV virus. A small amount of blood is obtained from a fingerstick and used immediately for testing. ...Read more

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I had two positive mono spot tests years apart, with symptoms. Can't have mono twice, right? What could have caused the second positive test?

I had two positive mono spot tests years apart, with symptoms. Can't have mono twice, right? What could have caused the second positive test?

Can have more often: Infectious mononucleosis does not give permanent immunity therefore you can have more than once also the mono sot test is only a guide to the disease to be absolutely sure it is to have the titers for epstein barr tested to be sure it is mono in your case if you had the positive signs and symptoms you have had it twice it surprises my patients also since it is self limiting it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Would a 9 month active mono infection test positive during a mono spot test?

Would a 9 month active mono infection test positive during a mono spot test?

Depends: What makes you think you have a 9 month active mono infection? Mono is usually limited, with the majority of symptoms resolving by 2 weeks. The fatigue can lasts for months, but this is a post-infectious issue, and doesn't represent "active" infection. Chronic ebv symptomatic infection is a controversial topic, and most of the time misdiagnosed by physicians who don't understand the ebv panel. ...Read more

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White, sore tonsils. Strep test negative, too early for accurate mono-spot. 3 out of 7 days of antibiotics taken but no improvement yet. Viral?

White, sore tonsils. Strep test negative, too early for accurate mono-spot. 3 out of 7 days of antibiotics taken but no improvement yet. Viral?

Yes: Yes with a negative strep test, this is most likely viral. Why are you taking antibiotics? They are not indicated for a viral sore throat, by the way. Keep hydrated and take motrin for pain are your best treatments. Feel better! I would discuss the antibiotics with whoever prescribed them! ...Read more

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My 8 yr old child has been ill since 10/2010. diangosis mono, strep, flu, sinus, croup, pneumonia. Need a specialist, don't know what kind. Help! ?

My 8 yr old child has been ill since 10/2010. diangosis mono, strep, flu, sinus, croup, pneumonia. Need a specialist, don't know what kind. Help! ?

Depends on pattern: If your child has been healthy up till oct. 2010, but you've had trouble since, it seems like a new onset health problem. Were these DX from a continuing source of health care or multiple urgent care centers.(lables are cheep/ ot always accurate) i would wonder about mild asthma as a unifying DX for the majority of those listed. Start with ur dr and go from there. He/she will know whats available. ...Read more

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