What is the sensitivity and specificity of the latex agglutination assay in the workup of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infectious mononucleosis (mono)?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Burke A Cunha, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The latex agglutination assay, which is the basis of the Monospot test using horse RBCs, is highly specific. Sensitivity is 85%, and specificity is 100%.


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