Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST/SGOT) - Serum

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST/SGOT) - Serum


Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) is found in high concentrations in liver, heart, skeletal muscle and kidney. The test detects the level of this enzyme in the blood. This test is done as part of an initial screening for liver disease.

This Test Includes


Test Instructions

Total parameters available: 1

Parameter Names:

  • Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST/SGOT) - Serum

Test Instructions/Precautions:

  • Alcohol: Please abstain from alcohol before the test
  • Medication :Any pre-existing medication should only be stopped after consultation with the referring Physician


Soft Copy (Portal/Email) : If the sample is collected before 12 noon then the report will get delivered as per Reporting Time / Maximum TAT (Turn Around Time) indicated with the test. For samples collected after 12 Noon, 12 hours may be added to the Report Turn Around TimeHard Copy : Delivered at home upon request. A small convenience fee may apply.

Why it is Done

Aspartate Aminotransferase test determines any Liver Damage. It is often carried out in conjunction with another liver enzyme, Alanine Transferase (ALT), or as a part of a Liver Panel to diagnose any possible Liver Disorders.

What is this test

Aspartate Aminotransferase also known as serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), AST is an enzyme that is normally present in liver and heart cells and to a lesser extent in the kidneys and muscles. In healthy individuals, levels of AST in the blood are low. When the liver or muscle cells are injured, AST is released into the blood. AST test detects liver damage. Another name for aminotransferase is transaminase. Aspartate Aminotransferase (SGOT) test is most useful in detecting liver damage due to hepatitis, drugs, toxic to the liver, cirrhosis, and alcoholism.