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Aspartate Transaminase (AST)

Also known as: Serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase; SGOT; Aspartate transaminase; AST/ALT ratio
Formal name: Aspartate aminotransferase
Related tests: ALT; ALP; GGT; Bilirubin; Liver panel; Albumin, Total Protein

 

  • Why should I do it?

To detect liver damage and/or to help diagnose liver disease

 

  • When should I do it?

When your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of a liver disorder

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

None