Caroline S. Rhoads MD


Blood Urea Nitrogen

Discusses blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test. Covers why and how it is done. Includes how to prepare for the test. Covers risks. Explains results of the test. Covers what affects results.

Anemia

Anemia is a decrease in the amount of oxygen-carrying substance (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells. Anemia causes weakness, pale skin, and general tiredness (fatigue). Anemia can be caused by blood loss or bleeding, an increase in the destruction of red blood cells, or a decrease in the production of red blood cells…

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.