heterophile antibody test


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heterophile antibody test

A laboratory test for infectious mononucleosis.
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It is correct, that for the purposes of the algorithm, we have assumed that all persons with a positive heterophile antibody test had infectious mononucleosis and did not need to be routinely evaluated further virologically.
We appreciate Dr Tetrault's concern that the heterophile antibody test must have sufficient sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing infectious mononucleosis caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
The assumption was made that a heterophile antibody test was initially requested by the patient's physician in response to presenting clinical signs and symptoms suggestive of an infectious mononucleosis-type illness.
There were 2 a priori routes for entry into the study, and 4 patients entered via the alternate route with the heterophile antibody test being ordered by the laboratory physician.