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Clinical Laboratory Test:
whole blood — reticulocytes

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Description

The clinical test reticulocytes are acquired from a patient's whole blood by a process called reticulocyte count. This test is used to measure the number of immature red blood cells (reticulocytes) in the blood. It is used to diagnose anemia, evaluate the effectiveness of treatment for anemia, and monitor bone marrow function.

The process of obtaining reticulocytes from a patient's whole blood involves centrifuging the sample to separate the red blood cells from the other components of the blood. The red blood cells are then stained with a special dye that binds to the reticulocytes. The stained cells are then counted under a microscope to determine the number of reticulocytes present.

Synonyms
  • reticulocyte count
  • reticulocyte index
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Reticulocytes
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