Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Reticulocytes Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This 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.

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

It is measured as a percentage of the total number of red blood cells. Infants: 2% - 6%"," Adults: 0

Results Turnaround

Within a day of sample collection.

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

It is a screening test for blood and bone marrow disorders. It is also used to monitor treatment after chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant.