Liver Transferase Test - AST or SGOT

This test measures the level of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), a liver enzyme, in your blood.




This test measures the level of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), a liver enzyme, in your blood.



This test measures the level of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), a liver enzyme, in your blood. It is usually ordered with other liver function tests in a single test panel. The test panel includes alanine aminotransferase (ALT), bilirubin and albumin (a protein in the blood)

  • AST and ALT are two liver enzymes (types of proteins) found in the blood.
  • AST may be elevated for a variety of reasons, such as damage to heart muscle. Therefore, it is not as specific as ALT in evaluating liver disease.
  • An AST/ALT ratio is sometimes used to distinguish between different causes of liver damage. It can also help to distinguish between liver injury, heart damage and damage to other muscle(s).

In an adult, the blood sample is taken from a vein in the arm.

  • Some medications can interfere with the test. Ask your healthcare provider if you need to stop taking any medications before the test.
  • Do not stop taking any medication unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.

This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Liver Transferase Test - AST or SGOT
Laboratory Work
SGOT
AST
Transferase
Aspartate Aminotransferase
Liver Function Tests
Liver Enzyme Test
Liver
Liver Disease
Liver Damage
Liver Problems


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