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  • About this test

    Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) is an enzyme found in cells throughout the body especially in heart and liver kidneys and muscles. AST levels are low under normal condition but rise when liver or muscle injury occur. This test measures the AST level in the blood and is a useful test for detecting or monitoring liver damage.

    Many conditions can cause damage to liver cells giving a rise to AST. Inflammation to the liver is called hepatitis and can be caused by viruses or medication or substances that are toxic to the liver.

    AST is often tested in conjunction with alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or as part of the groups test called Liver Function Tests (LFT).

    Who is this test for?

    AST tests are used to evaluate the liver in the presence of the following signs and symptoms:

    • Weakness, fatigue
    • Poor appetite
    • Nausea, vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Jaundice (Yellow discoloration)
    • Change in urine colour to dark
    • Pale stool
    • Skin itching

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    Important Information

    Our testing platform and tests offered are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from a medical practitioner, especially if you are suffering from symptoms. All tests are performed through accredited laboratories and our doctors will review and interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any form of treatment. You will be advised to seek medical care from your preferred or designated doctor for any necessary follow-up action based on the test results.