What is Alanine Aminotransferase ALT (SGPT) test?
ALT/SGPT is an enzyme produced exclusively by the liver. The enzyme is increased in the blood during any liver injury or abnormalities. High levels of SGPT are also seen in viral hepatitis, hepatotoxicity from drugs or toxins, alcoholic liver disease, hepatic ischemia, and malignant infiltration.
What happens during this test?
The AST/SGOT test is done to assess liver function, especially in the elderly and alcoholics. This test also helps to monitor liver function in those who take medications over long periods of time for various illnesses.
When to take this test?
10 - 49 U/L
Frequency to repeat test
Every 6 months
Precautions to be taken before for the test
No particular precautions are required, unless it is recommended by your doctor.
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