Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Platelet count Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is done to measure the number of platelets in circulation in the blood.

Synonyms

None

Patient Preparation

There is no special preparation required for this test.

Sample Type

Whole blood

Sample volume

4 mL

Sample collection Container

EDTA tube (purple top)

Sample collection instructions

Sample should be mixed gently by inverting eight times immediately after collection"," for proper mixing of blood with the EDTA.

Sample storage

Samples should be refrigerated if sampling is not done within 24hrs.

Reference range

150 - 400 109/L

Results Turnaround

Within a day of sample collection.

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

This test is done prior to transfusion to determine how the recipient will react to the transfusion. It is also done as part of pre-natal testing in pregnant women.