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Reticulocyte Count

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Also known as: Retic Count; Reticulocyte Percent; Reticulocyte Index; Corrected Reticulocyte; Reticulocyte Production Index; RPI
Formal name: Reticulocyte Count

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NOTE: This article is based on research that utilizes the sources cited here as well as the collective experience of the Lab Tests Online Editorial Review Board. This article is periodically reviewed by the Editorial Board and may be updated as a result of the review. Any new sources cited will be added to the list and distinguished from the original sources used.

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