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Aspartate Aminotransferase

Aspartate Aminotransferase

The Aspartate Aminotransferase blood test measures the amount of Aspartate (Aminotransferase) AST in your blood and helps diagnose liver disease.

What is Aspartate Aminotransferase?

Aspartate aminotransferase is an enzyme that is found mainly in the liver as well as body muscles. When the liver becomes damaged, it releases AST into the blood. Aspartate aminotransferase blood test assesses the level of AST in a blood sample. It is also known by other names like SGOT test, serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase test, and aspartate transaminase test.

Why is Aspartate Aminotransferase suggested?

An Aspartate Aminotransferase test is ordered by the doctor if the patient exhibits the signs and symptoms of liver damage like 1

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Loss of weight.
  • Jaundice that makes the eyes and skin turn yellow.
  • Abdominal swelling and/or pain.
  • Swelling of ankles and legs.
  • Urine that is dark in color and/or stool that is light in color.
  • Regular itching.

How is Aspartate Aminotransferase performed?

The Aspartate Aminotransferase test is done in the following way:2

  • A small sample of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm.
  • The sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis.

This is how an Aspartate Aminotransferase test is done.

What are the parameters measured in Aspartate Aminotransferase?

The Aspartate Aminotransferase test analyses the blood serum for the amount of aspartate aminotransferase.

Preparation before performing Aspartate Aminotransferase

There is no special preparation necessary before performing the aspartate aminotransferase test.

Post-care after Aspartate Aminotransferase

There is no post-care necessary after Aspartate Aminotransferase test.

Sample types in Aspartate Aminotransferase

The sample type in Aspartate Aminotransferase test is:

  • Blood

Side effects/risks of Aspartate Aminotransferase

The Aspartate Aminotransferase test has no known side effects or risks apart from:

  • Slight pain or bruising at the spot where blood was drawn.

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