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What is a heterophile antibody test for mononucleosis?

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You may also get a heterophile antibody test. It checks your blood for special antibodies that your body makes to fight off a viral infection. But it�s not specific to mononucleosis. This test isn�t always accurate, especially in younger children, and it takes several days for it to show the presence of the antibodies after a child starts to feel ill.

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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