Mono Spot Latex
Mono Spot; Heterophile Antibody
Serum or Plasma
1-2 mL Blood
Plasma collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube is also acceptable but only stable up to 24 Hours from collection and cannot be used for CMV or EBV Reflex testing. For Emergency Room patients, collect plasma in an EDTA lavender-top tube for faster processing. For possible negative Mono results, collect an extra serum separator tube (SST) or red-top tube for EBV or CMV Reflex testing.
Room Temp: 24 Hours; Refrigerated: 48 Hours; Frozen: <48 Hours
Hemolysis; Contaminated specimens
1 mL Serum or Plasma
0.5 mL Serum or Plasma
Centrifgue, separate and place in refrigerator. If ordered STAT, take to Micro immediately after processing.