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Going in for a monospot test?What can I expect?

Going in for a monospot test?What can I expect?

Blood test: That usually tells your doctor whether you have mononucleosis. Not really common in 46 year olds. ...Read more

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What is the normal value and critical value for the monospot test?

What is the normal value and critical value for the monospot test?

+ or -: The test is either positive or negative. See https://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/mono/tab/test/ If there is any doubt further testing can be done for the Epstein-Barr virus and the presence of present or past infection, generally. In the acute phase of mono there may false negatives with either method. ...Read more

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I had a monospot test one year ago and was positive for mono. Now 11 months later I've had anotherpositive. Could this be the same infection?

I had a monospot test one year ago and was positive for mono. Now 11 months later I've had anotherpositive. Could this be the same infection?

Same antibodies: The simple screening test for mono often just indicates the presence of antibodies to the EB virus which should be present for quite a while. Viral detection studies could be ordered but these are more expensive & generally reserved for confusing cases. Specific IgM antibody to the EB virus is more specific to new infection but this fades leaving the IgG antibody for long term ...Read more

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Does a monospot test look for EBV and cmv?

EBV: However, the mono spot is not the best test to do. For more information, it is better to check ebv titers. ...Read more

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Positive monospot test. Negative qualitative EBV test. Severe daily back pain 5 months. Very irregular menstrual cycle. What could be the causes?

Positive monospot test. Negative qualitative EBV test. Severe daily back pain 5 months. Very irregular menstrual cycle. What could be the causes?

See a doctor: There is no way to solve these problems over the internet. We cannot diagnose or treat without a full history and physical exam and perhaps some labs and imaging studies. Go and get seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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How are the EBV and monospot blood tests distinguished from each other?

Screen vs specific: Monospot is a non-specific quick screening test but ebv ab testing is most specific and tests against the rapid response to the capsular antigen and the nuclear ag. ...Read more

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Mono at age 16. Less sevre recurrences at age 21 and 31 diagnosis by monospot and antigen testing. Something serious wrong with my imn sysm? Healthy otherwse

Mono at age 16. Less sevre recurrences at age 21 and 31 diagnosis by monospot and antigen testing. Something serious wrong with my imn sysm? Healthy otherwse

Not necessarily: It wouldn't hurt to undergo testing of immune function, but some infectious entities, like epstein barr virus, the cause of infectious mono, never leave your body once you have them. This herpes virus may produce recurrences and reinfections (difficult to differentiate). It also has the capacity to cause or predispose to certain malignancies. We don't fully know why some are more susceptible. ...Read more

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Been tired/sick & was tested for Mono. Monospot came back positive, EBV came back negative. Can it take longer for EBV antibodies to show? Worried...

Been tired/sick & was tested for Mono. Monospot came back positive, EBV came back negative. Can it take longer for EBV antibodies to show? Worried...

Mono not specific: Monospot is not specific for EBV infection and may be positive due to other viral infections. Even if it is mono, there is no specific treatment for it and you need to wait out for the symptoms to subside. If you are want to be sure, repeat the EBV antibody test in two weeks. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Monospot POS, EBV-NEG, WBC 2.3. Was retested for EBV and WBC today, but is it normal for WBC to be LOW with Mono? Worried it could be something worse?

Monospot POS, EBV-NEG, WBC 2.3. Was retested for EBV and WBC today, but is it normal for WBC to be LOW with Mono? Worried it could be something worse?

Common in mono: Infectious mononucleosis can cause low WBC. How important it is, and whether there might be another contributing cause, depend on other things, especially the differential count, i.e. the numbers of the various types of WBC. Probably nothing to worry about, but something to discuss with the doctor you are seeing. Good luck! ...Read more

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Another culture of my throat and told me to come back tomorrow for a monospot. Is there a high possibility that i may have mono, what to do?

Maybe: Mononucleosis presents with swollen tonsils that may have white to yellow exudates, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes on the front ; back of your neck and enlarged spleen ;/or liver. Your white blood cell will be elevated. A monospot test will show - or + for mono ; antibody titers can distinguish btwn old vs new infection. ...Read more

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17 year old son has WBC of 15.9, absolute neutrophils 13, 086, absolute moncytes 1, 558 & absolute eosinophils of 0, monospot negative.Had strep 4 weeks ago and mono (ebs) 4 years ago.What do you think?

17 year old son has WBC of 15.9, absolute neutrophils 13, 086, absolute moncytes 1, 558 & absolute eosinophils of 0, monospot negative.Had strep 4 weeks ago and mono (ebs) 4 years ago.What do you think?

Elevated white count: Is just one piece of data which needs to be put in context with many other pieces of information. The differentiation suggests bacterial causes. I would be interested in how your numbers are trending to know whether you are mending or getting worse. Best regards. ...Read more

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Repeat/recurrent high fever episodes & no other symptoms every few wks since Nov. Low WBC, low neutrophils, low lymphocytes. Monospot positive last wk?

Repeat/recurrent high fever episodes & no other symptoms every few wks since Nov.
Low WBC, low neutrophils, low lymphocytes. Monospot positive last wk?

Sounds like mono: If your monospot was positive you may have mononucleosis. Please speak with your doctor in detail regarding your symptoms and your labwork. Hopefully she will help you navigate this journey and you will start feeling better soon. ...Read more

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My college student was diagnosed with mono by monospot. She has no symptoms but enlarged lymph nodes on her neck for 3 days. Should we consult diff dr?

My college student was diagnosed with mono by monospot. She has no symptoms but enlarged lymph nodes on her neck for 3 days. Should we consult diff dr?

If the monospot is: positive, it means that she either has mono now,or has had it in the past.There are also occasional false positives.Not everyone has all the classic symptoms of mono,so just having enlarged neck lymph nodes could be the only symptom.No need to see another doctor, but you could request a more comprehensive test, called EpsteinBarrVirus titers and a CBC to have confirmation. ...Read more

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College student confirmed mono by monospot . Only symptoms are enlarged lymph nodes and itchy all over at night. One week. Can it be lymphoma? Help!!

College student confirmed mono by monospot . Only symptoms are enlarged lymph nodes and itchy all over at night.  One week. Can it be lymphoma? Help!!

Give it time: Monospot test is specific for mono infection, so most probably this is what she has. I would recommend to keep her being evaluated by the primary physician or ENT. If neck nodes do not change in a couple of weeks, then fine needle biopsy would be advise, but most probably not with a positive Monospot test. Hope this helps. Still no contact sports for several weeks. ...Read more

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College student diagnosed with mono by monospot no symptoms but swollen neck lymph nodes and itchy all over. Can it be lymphoma ? Going crazy! Help!

College student diagnosed with mono by monospot no symptoms but swollen neck lymph nodes and itchy all over. Can it be lymphoma ? Going crazy! Help!

Common things R comn: If you just need something to worry about, you can let this get to you but I wouldn't.Mono is common to college age crowd and swollen neck nodes are a common single presentation. The swelling should fade in 3 weeks, although in a few it will linger for longer. ...Read more

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