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SGOT/AST Test Overview

The liver and other parts of the body contain the enzymes SGOT (serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase) and AST (aspartate aminotransferase). To assess the condition of the liver and identify liver damage, they are frequently tested as part of a liver function test. Elevated levels of these enzymes in the blood can be a sign of liver disease, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis, or liver damage from other causes, like excessive alcohol consumption or certain drugs. The SGOT and AST tests are frequently performed in conjunction with other liver function tests like ALT (alanine transaminase), ALP (alkaline phosphatase), and bilirubin.

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The levels of blood enzymes linked to liver function are measured by the SGOT and AST
tests. Normally, the liver, heart, and muscle tissue contain these enzymes. Increased levels
of these enzymes in the blood could be a sign of liver illness or injury.

Depending on the lab and the method employed, the normal range for SGOT and AST levels
vary, but in general, levels are regarded as normal if they are fewer than 40 U/L for SGOT
and less than 35 U/L for AST.

Increased SGOT and AST levels can be brought on by several illnesses, such as liver
disease, heart disease, and muscle disease or injury. The outcomes can also be impacted
by medication, alcohol use, and pregnancy.

The dangers associated with the SGOT and AST tests are minor and typically regarded as
safe. The risk most frequently connected with the test is discomfort or soreness from the
blood draw.

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