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OVERVIEW

Most organs of the human body have an enzyme called Gamma Glutamyl Transferase.

The liver has the highest quantity of Gamma Glutamyl Transferase.

Level of Gamma Glutamyl Transferase present in your liver decides how healthy your liver is.

WHAT IS GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST?

Gamma Glutamyl Transferase is a test done to check the level of this enzyme in your liver.

If you have liver disease, the level of Gamma Glutamyl Transferase would be found increased.

Gamma Glutamyl Transferase is done with some other tests also, which check liver enzymes.

WHY IS GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST SUGGESTED?

You should undergo Gamma Glutamyl Transferase in case of:                                     

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Jaundice
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Dark urine

HOW IS GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST PERFORMED?

Gamma Glutamyl Transferase test is a blood test.

  • Blood is taken out from a vein
  • It is then checked for Gamma Glutamyl Transferase level.

Gamma Glutamyl Transferase test checks the possibility of liver disease.

WHAT ARE THE PARAMETERS MEASURED IN GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST

Level of Gamma Glutamyl Transferase present in the liver is measured in this test.

PREPARATION BEFORE GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST

Only preparation needed for Gamma Glutamyl Transferase  test is :

  • The doctor may tell you to observe complete fast up to 8 hours prior to the test.

POST CARE AFTER GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST

Gamma Glutamyl Transferase  test is a simple blood test.

  • No special care is required after this.
  • You can start normal routine.

SAMPLE TYPES IN GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST

For Gamma Glutamyl Transferase test you need:

  • A blood sample from your vein.

SIDE EFFECTS/RISKS OF GAMMA GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE TEST

Gamma Glutamyl Transferase test doesn’t have any side effects or risks.

You may only feel:

  • Light pain at the time of needle insertion.
  • Slight swelling for a few minutes.

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