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Common blood test can help distinguish between mononucleosis and tonsillitis

eosis group and .10 in the tonsillitis group.

Based on this data, the researchers determined that a ratio higher than .35 would have a sensitivity of 90 percent and a specificity of 100 percent for the detection of mononucleosis, meaning that an individual with a ratio this high would be correctly diagnosed with mononucleosis 90 percent of the time and an individual with a ratio of .35 or lower would be correctly diagnosed as not having mononucleosis 100 percent of the time. "The specificity and sensitivity of this test seem to be better than the mononucleosis spot test itself," the authors write.

"In conclusion, we recommend that the lymphocyte–white blood cell count ratio should be used as an indicator to decide whether mononucleosis spot tests are required," they continue. "Results from our retrospective pilot study suggest that the lymphocyte–white blood cell count ratio could be a quickly available alternative test for the detection of glandular fever [mononucleosis]."
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Source:JAMA and Archives Journals


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