RETIC or RETICULOCYTE COUNT

Mature Red Blood Cells live about 4 months.

Your bone marrow is constantly making new Red Blood Cells known at Reticulocytes.

Reticulocyte Count (Blood Test) measures the number of new Red Blood Cells in your body.  Also known as Reticulocyte Index or Retic Count.

This test is often ordered by doctors when any type of Anemia is suspected.

Hemolytic Anemia typically has an above normal Retic Rate.
Aplastic Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, and Pernicious Anemia are associated with a lower than normal Retic Rate.

Some Anemic conditions are transient in nature.  But they can also be chronic.

If Retic is completely shut down.   There are several suspects that may need to be eliminated, or treated.
Parvo B19 Virus
Epstein-Barr (Mono-Mononucleosis-Herpesvirus 4)
Hepatitis
HIV
Certain Medications
Toxic Chemicals
Chemo/Radiation Cancer Treatments

 

 

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