ASPARTATE AMINOTRANSFERASE- AST/ SGOT
Pre-test preparation or requirements
• Sample can be drawn at any time. No fasting or special preparation required.
• Sample should taken in plain vial.
Male: 5- 37 U/l
Female: 5 -31 U/l
Significance of test
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) enzymes is found mainly in the liver, but also found in red blood cells, heart cells, muscle tissue and other organs, such as the pancreas and kidneys. AST formerly are called serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT). Although not specific for liver disease, AST can be used in combination with other enzymes to monitor the course of various liver disorders. After severe damage, AST levels rise 10 to 20 times and greater than normal whereas ALT can reach higher levels up to 50 times greater than normal.