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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / Reticulocytes

Reticulocytes

EDTA

TestReticulocytes
Common AbbreviationsRet
ProfileFBC added on the same sample
Clinical IndicationThe reticulocyte count is used to help determine if the bone marrow is responding adequately to the body's need for red blood cells (RBC's) and to help determine the cause of and classify different types of anaemia. Retics can be distuighed from mature RBCs which do not contain genetic material. A result of a FBC may relex a Retic test
Specimen TypeBlood
Sample TypeEDTA
Minimum Volume1 x 3 mL (adult) 1 x 0.5 mL (paed) (can be shared with a ESR sample)
Special PrecautionsMust be at least half filled
Stability24 hrs
Turnaround Time1 hour (urgent) 4 hours (routine)
LaboratoryYork Hospital
Reference IntervalReference range printed on final report.
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