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How is mononucleosis diagnosed?

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Mononucleosis, or mono, has a wide range of symptoms, which can make it hard to diagnose. You’ll need to see your doctor to find out if you have it.

Your doctor will give you a complete physical exam. You may get a throat culture to rule out strep throat, which has symptoms similar to mono. Your doctor may also take a sample of blood to check for abnormal white blood cells.

SOURCES: 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

CDC.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate: “Patient education: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) in adults and adolescents (Beyond the Basics).”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Infections: Reye Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2019

SOURCES: 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

CDC.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate: “Patient education: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) in adults and adolescents (Beyond the Basics).”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Infections: Reye Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2019

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