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Reticulocytic Count

Also known as : Retic Count ; Reticulocyte Index ; Corrected Reticulocyte .
Formal name : Reticulocyte Count .
Related tests : Red blood cell count ; Hemoglobin ; Hematocrit ; CBC ; Blood smear ; Erythropoietin .

Why should I do it ?
To help evaluate the bone marrow’s ability to produce red blood cells ( RBCs ) and to help distinguish between anemia related to blood loss or destruction and anemia related to decreased RBC production; to help monitor bone marrow response and the return of normal marrow function following chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, or post-treatment follow-up for iron deficiency anemia .

When should I do it ?
When you have a decreased ( or increased ) RBC count, hemoglobin, and hematocrit and your doctor wants to evaluate bone marrow function .

What Kind of Sample is Needed ?
A blood sample obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in the arm or sometimes from pricking a finger or the heel of an infant .

Test Preparation Needed ?
None .