Reticulocyte Count with Retic Hemoglobin

Abbrev Code:RETICH   
Order Code:LAB8052Order Name:Reticulocyte Count including Retic HGB
CPT Codes: 85046 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed 7 days a week; results are reported within 24 hours.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2-3 mL EDTA tube or 0.5 mL in an EDTA microtainer
Minimum\Peds Volume: 1 mL EDTA tube or 0.3 mL in an EDTA microtainer
Container:Purple (EDTA)
Collection Instructions:Immediately mix specimen 10 times by gentle inversion.
Causes for Rejection:Clotted specimen; specimen greater than 48 hours old.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:24 hours at room temperature; 48 hours refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Hematology  (CSC Maple Grove, CSC Mpls, St. John's)


Reference Range:
Age Retic (%)
0 - 6 d 2.0 - 6.0
7 d and older 0.5 - 2.0

Absolute Count:
1 y and older: 25-95 x 109/L
Retic Hemoglobin: 28.2 - 35.7 pg
Use:Evaluation of erythrocyte production. Increased in acute chronic hemorrhage, hemolytic anemias. Evaluating erythropoietic response to anti-anemic therapy.
Reticulocyte hemoglobin is a direct measurement of the hemoglobination of the developing reticulocytes. It can be used in conjunction with other indicators for the early identification of iron deficiency/iron deficiency anemia.

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