Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Paul-Bunnell (or equivalent) Test in Kenya

Brief Description

The test is used in detection of Heterophile Antibodies in patient’s blood for the diagnosis of Infectious Mononucleosis and Glandular Fever


IM"," Monospot"," Infectious Mononucleosis"," Glandular Fever"," Mono.

Patient Preparation

No special preparation needed

Sample Type


Sample volume

1 mL

Sample collection Container

Red-top tube"," gel-barrier tube"," or green-top (lithium heparin) tube. Do not use oxalate"," EDTA"

Sample collection instructions

Serum should be separated immediately after sample collection.

Sample storage

Stable at 2 to 8°C for 24 hours"," and -20°C for longer period.

Reference range


Results Turnaround

1 day after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Positive results for Paul Bunnell test is associated with hepatitis"," Lymphoma"," leukaemia"," rubella"," malaria"," SLE and pancreatic carcinoma