The ARETIC is the absolute reticulocyte count. It's the actual number of immature red cells. Retic% is the percentage of new red blood cells. Red cells have a 120 day life span, platelets about 10 days and white cells depend on the type of white cell. Some as short as one day to months. I tried to find John's Retic numbers when we started to see an improvement in red cells but couldn't find it.
Here's a link that will explain reitc better than I can.
Marlene, wife to John DX w/SAA April 2002, Stable partial remission; Treated with High Dose Cytoxan, Johns Hopkins, June 2002. Final phlebotomy 11/2016. As of January 2017, FE is 233, HGB 11.7, WBC 5.1/ANC 4.0, Plts 90K.
Last edited by Marlene : Wed Jan 15, 2020 at 03:53 PM.