Which of the following statements about reticulocytes is/are true:
They are reported as a % of total red cells or as an absolute number
They decrease the mean cell volume (MCV)
They tend to increase the MCV because they are larger than mature red cells.
By definition, they cannot actually be seen on a routine (Wright-Giemsa-stained) blood film
By definition, reticulocytes are defined by the presence of clumped granular material called reticulum on a special reticulocyte stain. They may also be detected by flow cytometry after staining with an RNA-binding fluorochrome. Reticulocytes appear as polychromatophilic cells seen on a Wright- or Wright-Giemsa-stained blood film.
An absolute reticulocyte count > 120 x 10^9/L is considered an appropriate bone marrow response to anemia
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