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What is a Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test?
Reticulocytes are red blood cells (RBCs) that are still in development. They are known as immature red blood cells. The reticulocytes are made in the bone marrow and sent into the bloodstream. About two days after they form, they develop into mature red blood cells. These red blood cells move oxygen from your lungs to every cell in your body.
When is the Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test recommended?
It is recommended:
To check the bone marrow activity to produce red blood cells.
To diagnose and distinguish between the different types of anaemia.
To determine the cause of the abnormal results appearing in the tests like the complete blood count (CBC), haematocrit test, etc.
To analyse the treatment efficacy and recovery of bone marrow activity after chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, treatment for iron deficiency, folate deficiency anaemia, or treatment for renal failure.
What does it measure?
The Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test measures:
The number of reticulocytes in the blood. If the count is very high or too low, it can be a serious health problem, including anaemia and disorders of the bone marrow, liver, and kidneys.
RBCs are produced from the hematopoietic stem cells (stem cells that are a form of blood cell). These stem cells are differentiated to produce the reticulocytes, which are released into the circulation where they eventually form the RBCs.
The nuclei of the hematopoietic cells degenerate during their differentiation and maturation into the RBCs. The matured RBCs have no genetic material, but the reticulocytes that are immature RBCs contain some genetic material in the form of RNA.
The reticulocyte count test checks the percentage of reticulocytes available in circulation. This helps to determine the ability of the bone marrow to supply the necessary number of RBCs required by the body normally as well as in response to RBC loss due to bleeding.
It also helps to diagnose conditions affecting the RBCs as well as those affecting the bone marrow and causing abnormal RBC production.
How long will the reports take?
You will get the reports within 6 hours after the collection of the blood sample.
What is the cost of the Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test in Bangalore?
The cost of the Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test in Bangalore is Rs. 500.
How often should I get tested for the Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test?
The Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test is prescribed by your doctor after a complete assessment of your symptoms and conditions.
What are the normal values of the Reticulocyte (Retic) Count test?
Adults: 0.5% to 2.5%
What is the type of sample required?
We require a blood sample for this test.
What time should I get the test done?
This test can be taken at any time during the day.
Is fasting required for a reticulocyte count (RETIC) test?
Fasting is not required for this test.
Any other precautions to be taken before getting myself tested for a reticulocyte count (RETIC) test?
There are no specific precautions for this test.
How can I book a reticulocyte count (RETIC) test in Bangalore?
Log into www.orangehealth.in and submit your details. Our highly trained, professional, and vaccinated eMedics will be at your doorstep within 60 minutes or at the time booked by you.
Why should I book a reticulocyte count (RETIC) test with Orange Health in Bangalore?
Orange Health is the fastest diagnostic lab. With us, you can get tested at home within 60 minutes of placing an order anywhere in Bangalore. Our trained, professional and vaccinated e Medic will be at your doorstep at the time selected by you. Your sample is safely transported at the optimal temperature to our NABL accredited and ICMR approved lab. The results will be delivered to you faster too!
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