Question 38: Was splenic function assessed?

Evaluation of splenic tissue may be necessary to determine the extent of the recipient’s disease. Splenic assessments include the following:

  • Complete RBC: Also called an erythrocyte count, this assessment is used to determine how many red blood cells are present. One of the several tests included in a CBC.
  • Pitted RBC score: As red blood cells (RBC) age, membrane vacuoles (“pits”) occur. Pitted RBCs may be listed on laboratory reports as a “PIT count.”
  • Splenic scan: Radionuclide spleen scans (liver-spleen scans) are nuclear scan utilizing a radioactive tracer substance that is administered intravenously. The tracer collects in large amounts and shows as bright spots on imaging results. One of the most common methods used is single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT / CT).

Indicate Yes or No if splenic function was assessed by a complete RBC, pitted RBC score, or splenic scan at any time during the current reporting period.

If no information is available to determine if splenic function was assessed during the current reporting period, select Unknown. This option should be used sparingly.

Report Not applicable if the recipient had a prior splenectomy or was born without a spleen (congenital asplenia).

Questions 39 – 42: Select which splenic test was completed

Indicate which splenic test (completed RBC, pitted RBC score, or splenic scan) was completed.

If a complete RBC was performed, specify the value (in cells / µL) in question 40.

If a pitted RBC score was performed, specify the percentage in question 41.

If a splenic scan was performed, specify the results as either Normal (radionuclide uptake) or Abnormal (no radionuclide uptake) in question 42.

If any of the assessments were performed multiple times in the reporting period, report the most recent results.

Last modified: Jul 26, 2020

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