The test measures the presence of heterophile antibodies, indicating a positive diagnosis of mononucleosis.
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is a virus that is responsible for the disease mononucleosis. It causes mild to moderate infection and is quite common amongst the adult population. Most people do not experience symptoms, but in some instances can get very ill. There are different tests which can be performed for the detection of EBV. EBV PCR qualitative test is a rapid test that can be performed on someone exhibiting symptoms of mononucleosis or EBV. The test measures the presence of heterophile antibodies, indicating a positive diagnosis of EBV.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Lack of appetite
• Sore throat
• Swollen glands in the neck
• Weakness and sore muscles
Failure to develop heterophil antibodies occurs frequently in children and in about 10% of adults with infectious mononucleosis. In these cases, development of EBV antibodies is applicable. 955 specificity. Less than 2% false-positives have occurred in people with Hodgkin disease, acute lymphoma, acute lymphomatic leukemia, infectious hepatitis, pancreatic carcinoma, cytomegalovirus, Burkitt lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis, malaria and rubella.
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround time for the Mononucleosis, Qualitative test is typically 1 - 3 business days.