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Reticulocyte Count

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Retic count.

Common Use:
To assess reticulocyte count in relation to bone marrow activity toward diagnosing anemias such as pernicious iron deficiency, and hemolytic; to monitor response of therapeutic interventions.

Whole blood collected in a lavender-top (EDTA) tube.

Normal Findings:
(Method: Automated analyzer or microscopic examination of specially stained peripheral blood smear)

AgeReticulocyte Count %
Adult–older adult0.5%–1.5%
Reticulocyte Count (Absolute Number)
Birth–older adult0.02–0.10 (106 cells/microL)
Immature Reticulocyte Fraction %
Newborn–older adult2.5%–17%
Reticulocyte Hemoglobin
Birth22–32 pg/cell
Newborn–18 yr23–34 pg/cell
Adult–older adult30–35 pg/cell

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Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Reticulocyte Count." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425395/all/Reticulocyte_Count.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Reticulocyte Count. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425395/all/Reticulocyte_Count. Accessed April 22, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Reticulocyte Count. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425395/all/Reticulocyte_Count
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Reticulocyte Count [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 April 22]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425395/all/Reticulocyte_Count.
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