• Test Code - PL0908
  • Test Name - Serum Glutamic-Oxaloacetic Transaminase (SGOT)
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  • Serum Glutamic-Oxaloacetic Transaminase (SGOT) test is done to detect liver damage or to help diagnose liver disease.

  • Serum Glutamic-Oxaloacetic Transaminase (SGOT) test is performed when a doctor thinks that you have symptoms of a liver disorder.

  • A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm for a Serum Glutamic-Oxaloacetic Transaminase (SGOT) test.

  • No preparation is needed for a Serum Glutamic-Oxaloacetic Transaminase (SGOT) test.

  • Normally, levels of AST in the blood are low. Very high levels of AST (more than 10 times normal) are usually due to acute hepatitis, sometimes due to a viral infection. With acute hepatitis, AST levels usually stay high for about 1-2 months but can take as long as 3-6 months to return to normal.

  • Levels of AST may also be markedly elevated (often over 100 times normal) as a result of exposure to drugs or other substances that are toxic to the liver as well as in conditions that cause decreased blood flow to the liver.

  • With chronic hepatitis, AST levels are usually not as high, often less than 4 times normal, and are more likely to be normal than are ALT levels.

  • AST often varies between normal and slightly increased with chronic hepatitis, so the test may be ordered frequently to determine the pattern.


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