How is mononucleosis (MONO) diagnosed?

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A doctor can diagnose mononucleosis through a physical exam and blood tests. The doctor will listen to the symptoms you describe and check for swollen lymph nodes, liver, spleen, and tonsils. The symptoms of mononucleosis are similar to those of other infections, so an antibody test will show if you have antibodies for the virus that causes mono. Sometimes the antibody test is negative, however, so a complete blood count may show the characteristic mononuclear white cells, providing a clue to the diagnosis.

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