Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Heterophile Antibody Screen

Test Name: Heterophile Antibody Screen
Alternate Name(s): Infectious Mononucleosis
Heterophile Antibodies
Paul-Bunnell
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: 4 mL K2 or K3 EDTA Lavender top Vacutainer tube

Pediatric:
0-2 yrs: 0.5 mL Lavender pk.
2-10 yrs: 3 mL Lavender top
Collection Information: Collect blood aseptically in a Vacutainer tube.
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
4 hours
Stat
1 hour
 
Reference Range: Negative
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2014-02-25
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: A heterophile antibody response is observed in 80-90% of adults and children with EBV-cause infectious mono. Their percentage drops to 50% for children under 4 years of age. Some segments of the population with acute IM are hereophile antibody negative. A negative test result may indicate that the antibody levels are below the sensitivity levels of the kit. If symptoms persist the test should be repeated.
Special Processing:  
Comments:  
Method of Analysis: OSOM Mono test-Genzyme Diagnostics
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment:  
System Codes: 
Cerner
HAS
 
Referred To:  

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