AST (aspartate aminotransferase) is an
This article discusses the test to measure the amount of AST in the blood.
Aspartate aminotransferase; Serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase; SGOT
How the test is performed
A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see:
How the test will feel
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing.
Why the test is performed
This test is mainly done along with other tests (such as
Review Date: 02/20/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.