Heterophile Antibodies

Heterophile Antibodies are antibodies induced by external antigens (heterophile antigens) cross reacting with self antigens. As an example, in rheumatic fever, antibodies against group A streptococcal cell walls can also react with human heart tissues and damage them. This is an example, but it may be destructive in any other pathologic condutions.
Interpretation: A positive test is gemerally used to detect infectious mononucleosis if the symptoms are alike. A negative test may indicate that the patient does not have infectious mononucleosis.
Sample: Arm vein blood. Nonfasting
Working day: Everyday
Result Time: Next day 6:00 PM