We gave out the result:
21.0% Segmented neutrophil
61.7% Lymphocyte (With comment: “activated”)
10.3% Other (with comment: “Atypical mononuclear cells with immature appearance (Virucytes?)) “
I called the department and asked if they suspected infectious mononucleosis. I have seen mononucleosis-cells before, but as I recall they look more like large, activated lymphocytes.
The answer was yes, and 2 days later, the diagnosis was confirmed by a positive Epstein -Barr test (EBV).
Normally we do not have this kind of “benign” disease at Rigshospitalet. Usually, we look for malignant haematological diseases.
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