Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST / SGOT)
An aspartate aminotransferase (AST) test is ordered to detect liver damage and liver disease and to determine the presence of jaundice in the body. The test may also be ordered to monitor some medicines that are known to cause liver damage. The test is also useful in monitoring the effectiveness of treatment for liver disease.
Specimen Type: Blood
Test Preparation: No special preparation is required for the test.