Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Red blood cell inclusion bodies Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionInclusion bodies within red blood cells mostly indicate pathological conditions that affect erythrocytes. They are important in the diagnosis of various haematological disorders.
Patient PreparationThere are no special requirements for this test.
Sample TypeWhole blood
Sample volume4.0 mL
Sample collection ContainerEDTA tube (purple top)
Sample collection instructionsSample should be mixed gently by inverting eight times immediately after collection"," for proper mixing of blood with the EDTA.
Sample storageSamples are stable at room temperature for 24 hrs for 3 days refrigerated.
Reference rangeNormal red blood cells with normal morphology.
Results Turnaround1 day after sample collection.
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsCommon inclusion bodies and their possible causes include: Howell Jolly bodies - sickle cell disease"," SLE"," cirrhosis of the liver"," amyloidosis"," rheumatoid arthritis"," celiac disease"," inflammatory bowel disease"," thrombosis of the splenic artery or vein"," and sarcoidosis. Heinz bodies -