Folate Whole Blood Test, RBC
The Folate Whole Blood Test, RBC, measures folate RBC levels in the blood to screen for megaloblastic anemia.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Folate Serum Test, which measures folate RBC levels in the blood to screen for megaloblastic anemia. Folate, also referred to as folic acid or vitamin B9, has many crucial functions in the body, such as aiding in the creation of DNA, which is responsible for your distinct genetic makeup. Folate testing is done to check for low levels of the nutrient.
Folate is found naturally in certain foods like:
- Leafy greens
- Citrus fruits
- It's also added to many foods in the form of folic acid
Folate testing is typically done to detect a deficiency. Your healthcare provider may request folate testing if you've had an abnormal CBC or blood smear test that indicates megaloblastic anemia. Megaloblastic anemia causes red blood cells to be unusually large, deformed, and immature and can be caused by a deficiency in folate or vitamin B12. In the early stages, it frequently has no symptoms. During treatment, folate levels are tracked to ensure they return to normal.
When should I order a Folate Whole Blood Test, RBC?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to megaloblastic anemia. Common signs or symptoms of megaloblastic anemia include:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Dizziness or feeling light-headed
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