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Glandular Fever Screen

Blood Sciences Test


Whole blood EDTA tube, stability 24 hrs.

Special Instructions

Haemolysed samples cannot be tested – mix sample tube gently by inversion, do not shake

Factors affecting results

False positive reactions have been reported in samples collected from patients with recent CMV, Hepatitis A, parvovirus and leptospira infection.

Some patients may take time to develop heterophile antibodies. If symptoms persist, it is recommended to repeat the assay in 7-10 days. Some patients may remain persistently negative.

Reference Range

Not applicable

Test Usage

Screening test for Glandular Fever, used in conjunction with a full blood count and examination of a blood film


In house

Turnaround time

24 hours

Clinical Advice

Clinical advice is available from the Haematology Medical team (contact RD&E switchboard on 01392 411611)

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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