Blood Test: Reticulocyte Countenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-testReticulocyteCt-enHD-AR1.gifThis test measures the rate at which reticulocytes (immature red blood cells) are made in the bone marrow and enter the bloodstream. A reticulocyte count can provide information about a child's anemia.reticulocytes, red blood cells, reticulocyte counts, diagnostic tests, anemia, rbcs, blood tests, diagnostic tests, medical tests, sickle cell, bone marrow, blood samples, blood counts, blood cells10/28/200803/21/201909/02/2019e79b83cb-ca0f-4e91-8bd3-119998e8f932https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/reticulocyte.html/<h3>What Is a Blood Test?</h3> <p>A blood test is when a sample of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a> is taken from the body to be tested in a lab. Doctors order blood tests to check things such as the levels of glucose, hemoglobin, or white blood cells. This can help them detect problems like a disease or medical condition. Sometimes, blood tests can help them see how well an organ (such as the liver or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidneys-urinary.html/">kidneys</a>) is working.</p> <h3>What Is a Reticulocyte Count?</h3> <p>Reticulocytes are immature red blood cells (cells that aren't yet fully developed). A reticulocyte count measures the number of reticulocytes in the blood. This helps doctors see how many new red blood cells the bone marrow is making.</p> <h3>Why Are Reticulocyte Counts Done?</h3> <p>A reticulocyte count may be done if a child has a low number of red blood cells, called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anemia.html/">anemia</a>. The reticulocyte count can help doctors know if the bone marrow is appropriately working to make new red blood cells.</p> <h3>How Should We Prepare for a Reticulocyte Count?</h3> <p>Your child should be able to eat and drink normally unless also getting other tests that require fasting beforehand. Tell your doctor about any medicines your child takes because some drugs might affect the test results. Also let the doctor know if your child has had a <a class="kh_anchor">blood transfusion</a>. This can affect the reticulocyte count.</p> <p>Wearing a T-shirt or short-sleeved shirt for the test can make things easier for your child, and you also can bring along a toy or book as a distraction.</p> <h3>How Is a Reticulocyte Count Done?</h3> <p>Most blood tests take a small amount of blood from a vein. To do that, a health professional will:</p> <ul> <li>clean the skin&nbsp;</li> <li>put an elastic band (tourniquet) above the area to get the veins to swell with blood</li> <li>insert a needle into a vein (usually in the arm inside of the elbow or on the back of the hand)&nbsp;</li> <li>pull the blood sample into a vial or syringe</li> <li>take off the elastic band and remove the needle from the vein</li> </ul> <p>In babies, blood draws are sometimes done as a "heel stick collection." After cleaning the area, the health professional will prick your baby's heel with a tiny needle (or lancet) to collect a small sample of blood.</p> <p>Collecting a sample of blood is only temporarily uncomfortable and can feel like a quick pinprick.</p> <p><img class="left" title="drawing_blood" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/bloodTest-400x760-rd1-enIL.gif" alt="drawing_blood" name="974-031609_BLOODTEST_RD7.GIF" /></p> <h3>Can I Stay With My Child During a Reticulocyte Count?</h3> <p>Parents usually can stay with their child during a blood test. Encourage your child to relax and stay still because tensing muscles can make it harder to draw blood. Your child might want to look away when the needle is inserted and the blood is collected. Help your child to relax by taking slow deep breaths or singing a favorite song.</p> <h3>How Long Does a Reticulocyte Count Take?</h3> <p>Most blood tests take just a few minutes. Occasionally, it can be hard to find a vein, so the health professional may need to try more than once.</p> <h3>What Happens After a Reticulocyte Count?</h3> <p>The health professional will remove the elastic band and the needle and cover the area with cotton or a bandage to stop the bleeding. Afterward, there may be some mild bruising, which should go away in a few days.</p> <h3>When Are Reticulocyte Count Results Ready?</h3> <p>Blood samples are processed by a machine, and it may take a few hours to a day for the results to be available. If the test results show signs of a problem, the doctor might order other tests to figure out what the problem is and how to treat it.</p> <h3>Are There Any Risks From Reticulocyte Counts?</h3> <p>A reticulocyte count is a safe procedure with minimal risks. Some kids might feel faint or lightheaded from the test. A few kids and teens have a strong fear of needles. If your child is anxious, talk with the doctor before the test about ways to make the procedure easier.</p> <p>A small bruise or mild soreness around the blood test site is common and can last for a few days. Get medical care for your child if the discomfort gets worse or lasts longer.</p> <p>If you have questions about the reticulocyte count, speak with your doctor or the health professional doing the blood draw.</p>Análisis de sangre: recuento de reticulocitosEl recuento de reticulocitos es útil cuando los médicos necesitan más información acerca de la anemia de un paciente (caracterizada por un bajo nivel de glóbulos rojos).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/reticulocyte-esp.html/a8048354-ff52-4c4c-8381-d658d67764de
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