Absolute Reticulocyte Count & Reticulocyte Index
Assesses appropriate response to anemia, frequently in sickle cell patients.
When to Use
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- Patients with an appropriate marrow response (high reticulocyte index) typically are not evaluated further.
- Patients with an inappropriate marrow response (low reticulocyte index) may be further evaluated for nutritional deficiencies or marrow abnormalities.
- Always consider transfusion and/or iron supplementation in anemic patients.
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