Reticulocyte Count

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Also known as: Retic Count; Reticulocyte Index; Corrected Reticulocyte
Formal name: Reticulocyte Count

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help evaluate the bone marrow's ability to produce red blood cells (RBCs) and to help distinguish between anaemia related to blood loss or destruction and anaemia related to decreased RBC production; to help monitor bone marrow response and the return of normal marrow function following chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, or post-treatment follow-up for iron deficiency anaemia

When to Get Tested?

When you have a decreased (or increased) RBC count, haemoglobin, haematocrit or platelet count and your doctor wants to evaluate bone marrow activity

Sample Required?

A blood sample obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in the arm or sometimes from pricking a finger or the heel in the case of infants.

Test samples are collected into sample tubes containing EDTA preservatives.

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed. Blood sample can be collected at any time of the day, before or after a meal.