How are patients with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infectious mononucleosis (mono) monitored?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Burke A Cunha, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Monitor patients to be sure that the infection is improving over time. Serial CBC counts should document the increase in lymphocytes as well as atypical lymphocytes, and this may be monitored on a weekly basis until these values normalize.

Patients with positive heterophile tests should not be monitored with serial testing because the heterophile test may remain positive for as much as 1 year after infection.


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