What is Reticulocyte Count?
A measure of how fast RBCs are made by the bone marrow and released into the blood.
Purpose of Test
A reticulocyte count is done to:
- See whether anemia is caused by fewer red blood cells being made or by a greater loss of red blood cells.
- Check to see if treatment for anemia is working. For example, a higher reticulocyte count means that iron replacement treatment or other treatment to reverse the anemia is working.
Test of Result Interpretation
- Adults : 0.5% to 2.5%;
- Newborns :< 7%;
- At birth : 2.5% to 6.5%
No preparation required.