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Clinical Laboratory Test:
urine — erythrocytes

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Description

The clinical test erythrocytes (red blood cells) acquired from a patient's urine is a test used to detect the presence of blood in the urine. This test is usually performed as part of a routine urinalysis. The test is performed by collecting a sample of the patient's urine and then examining it under a microscope for the presence of red blood cells. The sample can be collected in a clean, dry container and then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will then use a microscope to look for the presence of red blood cells in the sample. If the sample contains red blood cells, then the test is considered positive and further testing may be necessary to determine the cause of the bleeding.

Synonyms
  • RBC
  • red blood cell count
  • red blood cells
  • red cell count
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Erythrocytes
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All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: