Reticulocyte Count Test In Delhi

Reticulocyte Count Test In Delhi

The reticulocyte count test, also known as Retic Count, is a test prescribed by doctors to check if the patient’s bone marrow is working properly and producing a healthy amount of RBCs. The reticulocyte count test in Delhi is also prescribed to keep track of a patient’s conditions after they had a bone marrow transplant or even chemotherapy.

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Why is the Reticulocyte Count Test done?

The bone marrow helps produce red blood cells that aid the body in its proper functioning. The bone marrow produces Reticulocytes which are then released into the bloodstream where these reticulocytes mature to form the red blood cells. With a reticulocyte count, the number of these cells present in the blood is diagnosed.

The kidneys produce erythropoietin that stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. If the person is suffering from kidney disorders or is addicted to alcohol, then the reticulocyte production is hampered.

The reticulocyte count test is usually prescribed to patients who are suffering from:

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Chemotherapy
  • Kidney disorder

If the patient, who previously had no medical history, shows the following symptoms, then also the reticulocyte count test is prescribed:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Paleness
  • Blood in stool
  • Hands and feet are cold
  • Pale gums

 

What does the Reticulocyte Count Test measure?

The reticulocyte count test measures if the body has the normal amount of reticulocytes present in the blood. Both high and low counts are indications of ailments and once the exact condition gets diagnosed, treatment can be started.

When the reticulocyte count is higher than normal, it indicates:

  • Chronic blood loss
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Erythroblastosis fetalis
  • Kidney disorders

When the reticulocyte count is lower than normal, it indicates:

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Iron deficiency that leads to anemia
  • B12 deficiency
  • Cirrhosis
  • Infections that affect the bone marrow
  • Bone marrow toxicity
  • Blood cancer
  • Radiation therapy effects
Potential risks/side effects associated with the Reticulocyte Count Test

The reticulocyte count test is done via the collection of blood from the patient. While the process itself has no side effects, especially when conducted by an experienced phlebotomist, but people already suffering from any form of anemia might experience the following:

  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Almost fainting

Under such conditions, resting and proper diet will help the patient recover from the sample collection blood loss.

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What is reticulocyte hemoglobin?

When the reticulocytes are produced, they do carry hemoglobin and this hemoglobin test can help in determining if the blood cells will have enough iron to perform the tasks that the blood does.

Is blood collection via veins the only way to test for reticulocytes?

When people suffering from anemia are opting for routine blood tests, they can opt for the finger prick method. This prevents heavy blood loss and the process is quicker.

 

What medications can affect the test result?

Blood thinners can affect the test result. If the patient is actively taking any blood thinners as part of their treatment, they need to report the same to understand the pre-test procedures.

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Interpreting the Reticulocyte Count Test results
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Interpreting the Reticulocyte Count Test results

The reticulocyte count test results are calculated and reported in percentage. The healthy person with no blood-related disorders will have a reticulocyte percentage between 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent. Values higher or lower will require additional tests to confirm the type of anemia that the person is suffering from.

Additional tests that are often prescribed along with the or after the reticulocyte count test are:

  • Haptoglobin
  • Erythropoietin
  • Folate
  • Iron paneling
  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase or G6PD
  • Routine blood test or Complete blood count
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