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SGOT Test / AST Test

Abnormal AST or SGOT levels signify improper liver functions. The serum SGOT test is an important diagnostic tool used in diagnosing liver damage.

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SGOT test

SGOT Test – Aspartate Aminotransferase also is known as 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 test is most useful in detecting liver damage because of hepatitis, drugs toxic to the liver, cirrhosis, and alcoholism.

AST is also sometimes known as serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, abbreviated as SGOT. The enzyme levels are also elevated when there is underlying liver damage. Also, there are certain medications that can cause a rise in the enzyme levels. Understanding what is SGOT test becomes easier when you know the clinical definition.

What is the SGOT test?

Abnormal AST or SGOT levels signify improper liver functions. The SGOT test is an important diagnostic tool used in diagnosing liver damage. The test can sometimes also be used to monitor the treatment progress for underlying liver disease. These tests are carried out to any hospitals and diagnostic centres and hospitals. The SGOT test cost can vary depending on where these tests are conducted.

Why do the SGOT test?

Aspartate Aminotransferase test determines any liver damage. It is often carried out with another liver enzyme, alanine transferase (ALT), or as a part of a liver panel to diagnose any possible liver disorders. Symptoms of a liver disorder that are commonly observed are:

  • Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
  • Weakness, Fatigue
  • Abdominal swelling and/or pain
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine, light-colored stool, itching (pruritus)

Individuals vulnerable to liver diseases include:

  • People who might have been exposed to hepatitis viruses
  • People who consume high levels of alcohol
  • People with a family history of liver disease
  • People who consume drugs that might damage the liver
  • People who are overweight and/or have diabetes

Is there any difference between the SGOT test and AST?

Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase or commonly known as SGOT, is an enzyme that is present in liver and heart cells. If there is an underlying liver or heart damage, the enzymes are released into the blood. Sometimes SGOT also finds a reference to AST, but the question arises: what is SGOT and what is AST? There is no practical difference between the two, as SGOT is also known as aspartate aminotransferase (AST).

What other tests may be advised along with the SGOT test?

The doctor might prescribe other liver function tests along with this test. List of these tests includes.

  • Alanine transaminase (ALT) test
  • Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) test
  • Albumin test: It provides conclusive evidence of how well the liver is making the albumin protein.
  • Bilirubin test: When the liver is damaged, it does not process bilirubin, leading to high levels in the blood.
  • Blood sugar test: Unusually low glucose levels are detected if a liver does not function accurately.
  • Platelet Count: Low platelet count can be a warning of underlying liver disease.

Serum SGOT Test


  • Overnight fasting is not required
  • Doctor’s prescription may be needed
  • The normal reference range may vary depending on gender, age, health history, etc.
  • Hepatitis, infection, cirrhosis, liver cancer, or other liver diseases can often affect the ALT test results. If you have consumed any over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen before the test or a few days before the test, results could be compromised. It is important that your doctor has prior knowledge about this.

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