2002 Reticulocyte Count

Specimen Type Specimen Stability Reference Range
Whole Blood 48 Hours 2 - 8° C Male=0.51-1.81%;
Female=0.5-1.7%

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Whole Blood
Container: 1 Lavender Top Tube
Temperature: Refrigerated
Preferred Vol: 2.00 mL
Min Vol: 1.00 mL

Method

Flowcytometry

Schedule

Mon-Sat

Turn-Around Time

24hrs; Also offered STAT at an additional charge

Instructions/Notes

Preferred amount: Full tube of Whole Blood

Clinical Utility

Reticulocytes are immature red blood cells. Reticulocye count helps in evaluating the bone marrow’s ability to produce red blood cells (RBCs) and to help distinguish between anemia related to blood loss or destruction and anemia related to decreased RBC production.

CPT Codes

85044

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