What is the full form of SGOT
SGOT: Serum Glutamic Oxaloacetic Transaminase
SGOT stands for Serum Glutamic Oxaloacetic Transaminase. It is now usually known as AST, which stands for aspartate aminotransferase. It is an enzyme which is found in liver, heart cells, skeletal muscles, kidneys, and other tissues except for bones.
AST levels are generally low in the blood of a healthy person. The normal level of AST in the blood is around 5 to 40 units per litre of serum (the liquid part of the blood). SGOT or AST is released into the blood when there is damage to the liver, heart, kidneys, and other tissues. So, the increased level of AST in the blood may be due to liver damage, heart stroke, muscle injury, or damage to tissues where it is present.
Why is the AST test needed?
The AST test is performed to check the level of this enzyme in the blood. It helps your doctor to diagnose damage to liver, heart, muscles, kidney, etc. Mostly, it is done if a person has symptoms of liver damage, such as
Other reasons for this test:
Side effects of AST Test:
You should have an AST test report in a day with results mentioned in units per litre (units/litre).