This laboratory test is performed on a blood sample to measure the levels of Aspartate transaminase (AST) in the blood. AST is normally found in the liver cells. However, when the liver is damaged ALT may leak into the bloodstream. AST test is also called SGOT (Serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase).
Why is this test performed?
This test is performed:
To evaluate the function of liver
To screen for liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis caused by alcohol and other substances toxic to the liver
To monitor the efficacy of treatment.
Collecting sample: A healthcare professional will collect blood from your vein into a test tube or from the heel stick, in the case of infants.
The sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis.
What are the symptoms of a liver disease?
Dark colored urine
Pale stool color
Swelling in the legs and ankles
What are the symptoms of high SGOT?
Shortness of breath
Excessive bleeding or bruising
Which medicine might affect my test results?
Before this test, inform your doctor about your complete medical history especially of the prescribed and non-prescribed drugs. Ibuprofen might compromise the results of this test.
What other test might be done with SGOT?
What are causes of high AST other than liver problems?
Other than liver problems, AST can be elevated in condition with damage to the heart or skeletal muscles and acute pancreatitis.
What are the risks of this test?
Collecting blood from a vein is a very easy procedure and pose only minimum risk, including: