Whole blood EDTA tube, stability 24 hrs.
Haemolysed samples cannot be tested – mix sample tube gently by inversion, do not shake
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.
Screening test for Glandular Fever, used in conjunction with a full blood count and examination of a blood film
Clinical advice is available from the Haematology Medical team (contact RD&E switchboard on 01392 411611)Specimen Labelling Procedure