Red Cell Folate (RBC Folate) is a measure of the body’s store of the vitamin Folate - also known as Folic Acid.
How the Test is Performed
The test for Red Cell Folate (RBC Folate) is a blood test which requires a few millilitres of blood from a vein.
Medical Conditions and Symptoms
Red Cell Folate (RBC Folate) may be requested by your doctor if you have anaemia (low blood count), particularly of the macrocytic variety, where the red blood cells are increased in size. Anaemia tends to cause paleness of the skin, tiredness, decreased energy, shortness of breath on minimal exertion, and postural light-headedness or faintness when standing up.
Test Results Explained
A low Red Cell Folate level means a deficiency of the vitamin folate (folic acid). Folate is important for the normal production of red blood cells, and in prevention of neural tube defects such as spina bifida, in the unborn babies of pregnant women.
- Blood Test (venesection)
Also Known As
* Anemia – American spelling of Anaemia