Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Reticulocytes Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionThis test checks for the number of immature red blood cells(reticulocytes) in the blood. This helps to determine the functionality of the bone marrow and the rate at which it is creating red blood cells.
Patient PreparationThere is no special preparation required for this test.
Sample TypeWhole blood
Sample volume4 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 should be refrigerated if sampling is not done within 24hrs.
Reference rangeIt is measured as a percentage of the total number of red blood cells. Infants: 2% - 6%"," Adults: 0
Results TurnaroundWithin a day of sample collection.
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsIt is a screening test for blood and bone marrow disorders. It is also used to monitor treatment after chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant.