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ID:32 Aspartate amino-transferase (AST)
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Description ALT is routinely used in preference to AST in the LFT profile.
IndicationLiver function and myocardial damage.
Additional InfoAST catalyses the interconversion of amino acids and alpha-ketoacids by tranfering amino groups. AST is present in the mitochondria and cytsosol of hepatocytes, red blood cells, heart, brain and muscle.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

InterpretationRaised in hepatobiliary (e.g. alcoholic hepatitis), muscle, cardiac and haemolytic disease.

Ref. Range (Male)<40
Ref. Range (Female)<40
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes10 - 40 IU/L
Unitsiu/L


IP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
IP Routine TAT3 hours
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT24 hours
Turnround CommentNA
Originally edited by : DT. Last edited on . Published By on 11/08/2006 15:35:00.