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Reticulocyte Count


Name Method Department Units
Retic Count Automated cell counter
Core Lab, Hematology %

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 3 mL

Purple tube (EDTA)

Micro sample tube 0.5 mL

Room temperature - 8 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 48 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Do not centrifuge

Reasons for Rejection

  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Over or under filled tube
  • Clotted specimen
  • Wrong collection tube


Samples acceptable 48 hours after blood draw if refrigerated immediately. May be combined with CBC.

CPT Code

  • 85045