Container: EDTA (Lavender top)

Sample type: Whole Blood

Test name: Reticulocytes a.k.a. RET

Condition / Indication: Reticulocytes are immature red blood cells. A Reticulocyte count is useful in the diagnosis of certain types of anaemia, disorders of the bone marrow, liver or kidneys. It can also be used to monitor the bone marrow function after treatment or transplant. Raised reticulocyte counts are observed in cases of haemolysis. Ret-He <25 pg suggests iron deficient erythropoiesis. Ret-he <30.6 may also predict possible benefit from intravenous iron.

Special precautions & notes: Insufficient, clotted, >24 hours old cannot be processed.

Reference range: 50 - 100 x 10*9/L

Container: EDTA (Lavender top)

Ideal volume (mL): 4 mL

Discipline: Haematology

Turnaround time: 24 hours