What Is Nucleated Cell Count?

Q:
What is nucleated cell count?

A:
Nucleated cell count is related to WBC (white blood cell) test, which measures the number of white blood cells.

The test uses various methods. But, despite the method, WBC always counts the number of nuclei or total nucleated cells. In other words, it involves both white blood cells and red blood cells.

Therefore, the WBC count represents the white blood cell count only after excluding the number of nucleated red cells.

The relation is: Corrected WBC = nucleated cell count x [100 ÷ (nRBC + 100)].

Note: nRBC stands for nucleated red blood cell.

In a word, nucleated cell count is a tool to help get correct white blood cell count in WBC test.

 

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