Lamellar bodies - amniotic fluid

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Item Process
Specimen

1 mL amniotic fluid.

Method

Count on a blood cell counter using the platelet channel.

Reference Interval

Consult laboratory.

Application

Diagnosis of a fetus at high risk of respiratory distress syndrome.

Interpretation

A normal lamellar body count indicates an extremely low risk of respiratory distress syndrome.

A decreased count indicates an increased risk.

Reference

Dallence CR et al. Obstet Gynecol 1995; 86: 235-239.