|Downtime form:||A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery|
|Lavender top tube 3 mL (EDTA)|
Age Absolute Reticulocyte Range 1 - 3 Days* 77 - 283 K/mm3 4 - 30 Days* 14 - 159 K/mm3 31 - 60 Days* 28 - 201 K/mm3 60 Days - Adult 12 - 130 K/mm3 *Full Term Infant
A reticulocyte count can usually be added to any CBC sample <24 hours old.
This test is also performed in the Iowa River Landing (IRL) clinical laboratory (for specimens drawn at that site).
Flow Cytometry Reticulocyte counts are performed using flow cytometry method. The RNA/DNA in the Reticulocytes is stained and the stained cells are then detected and enumerated on the basis of a two-dimensional distribution of the forward scattered light and lateral fluorescent light.