Caroline S. Rhoads MD


Epstein-Barr Virus

The Epstein-Barr virus infects almost everyone by the age of 40 and usually does not cause any illness. But it can cause mononucleosis (mono) and is linked to some types of cancer, such as Burkitt’s lymphoma and cancers of the mouth. The virus lives in a person’s salivary glands and can be spread through saliva, such as…

Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis, or “mono,” is a common illness caused by a virus. It’s often seen in teens and young adults. It can cause a bad sore throat, swollen neck glands, and fever. Some people feel tired and weak for weeks or months after getting sick. Mono usually goes away on its own, but rest and good self-care can help you…

Mononucleosis Spot Test

A mononucleosis spot test (monospot test) is a screening test for mononucleosis. The test detects a type of antibody (heterophil antibody) that forms during certain infections, especially during infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. For this test, a sample of blood is placed on a microscope slide and mixed with other…

Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis, or “mono,” is a common illness caused by a virus. It’s often seen in teens and young adults. It can cause a bad sore throat, swollen neck glands, and fever. Some people feel tired and weak for weeks or months after getting sick. Mono usually goes away on its own, but rest and good self-care can help you…

Mononucleosis Tests

Covers monospot test (heterophil test) and EBV antibody test, blood tests used to diagnose mononucleosis (mono), which is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Covers how it is done and risks. Also includes info on what test results might mean.