When is a bone marrow or lymph node biopsy indicated 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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Rarely, if ever, is a bone marrow biopsy or lymph node biopsy needed in patients with EBV infectious mononucleosis. In the diagnosis of EBV infectious mononucleosis, the assessment of lymph node enlargement can be made confidently based on specific EBV antibody testing, and surgery is almost never necessary.


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