What is this test done for?
AST or SGOT is one of the primary screening blood tests for any liver diseases.
Why is it Done?
AST is found in many tissues throughout the body, including the liver, heart, muscles, kidney, and brain. The test is done to determine the normal functioning of the liver in cases of suspected liver damage due to cirrhosis, drugs, medicines, hepatitis infections, etc.
How is it done
You need to fast for 12 hours overnight before giving a blood sample from your arm the next morning.
For confirmation of diagnosis, tests like ultrasonography and liver function tests are performed. A common test CBC may also be ordered.