Corrected Reticulocyte Count Calculator
The CRC – corrected reticulocyte count calculator estimates the reticulocyte index in the patient's blood, taking into account their reticulocyte and hematocrit levels. It is calculated similarly to the raw reticulocyte count, but, to avoid misinterpretation in anemic patients, the result is corrected using a coefficient of reticulocyte maturation.
advanced mode, there is also an option to input a desired normal hematocrit value. If you read on, you can learn the reticulocyte production index formula.
💡 Reticulocyte count is the proportion of immature red blood cells in a person's blood. Also, check out the absolute reticulocyte count calculator.
What is corrected reticulocyte count?
Corrected reticulocyte count (CRC), sometimes called reticulocyte index (RI), is a parameter for bone marrow response assessment used in the diagnosis of anemia. The reticulocyte index of a healthy person should be between
0.5% and 2.5%.
If the patient has anemia (hemoglobin of less than 13 to 14 g/dL in males and 12 to 13 g/dL in females), a reticulocyte index of less than
2% does not indicate loss of red blood cells but decreased production of reticulocytes. Patients with an inappropriate marrow response may be further evaluated for nutritional deficiencies or bone marrow abnormalities.
A CRC of more than
3% in a person with anemia indicates loss of red blood cells (from causes such as destruction, bleeding, etc.), with increased compensatory production of reticulocytes to replace the lost red blood cells.
💡 See also our allowable blood loss calculator.
What's the reticulocyte production index formula?
The CRC – corrected reticulocyte count is calculated using this equation:
CRC = (Hematocrit / normal Hematocrit) × (Reticulocytes / Maturation)
A value of 45% is most frequently used as normal hematocrit (
normal Hematocrit), but you can change it in the
advanced modein the reticulocyte index calculator.
Maturationis a coefficient used to correct for the longer lifespan of prematurely released reticulocytes in the blood, which is a phenomenon of increased red blood cell production.
This factor equals
1.0for a hematocrit of 36-45%,
2.0for 25-16%, and
2.5for a hematocrit of 15% or lower.
You can see the assigned value by clicking
How to use the reticulocyte index calculator?
Enter the patient's hematocrit (Hct) level in %.
Enter the reticulocyte level in %.
If you wish, enter
advanced modeto change the normal hematocrit in %.
The calculated corrected reticulocyte count is provided in % in the last field.
After you've finished with this calculator, you might also be interested in our hematocrit hemoglobin ratio calculator.