Liver Blood Tests (cont.)
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Aminotransferases are enzymes (proteins that help speed up chemical reactions in the body) that are found mainly in the liver, but also in other tissues, such as muscles. They are a part of the normal metabolic processes in the liver and are responsible for transferring amino acids (components that build proteins) from one molecule to another. ALT was formerly known as serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) and AST as serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGPT).
The ALT and AST levels are obtained directly from a blood sample that is sent to the laboratory for measurement. The results are usually available within hours to days and are reported to the ordering doctor for review.
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