The SGOT test measures the amount of a substance called glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) in your blood. It is an enzyme found in the liver, muscles (including the heart), and red blood cells. It is released into the blood when cells that contain it are damaged. Other names for this enzyme are aspartate aminotranskinase, aspartate transaminase, and AST.
The SGOT level is measured to check the function of your liver, kidneys, heart, pancreas, muscles, and red blood cells. It is also measured to check on medical treatments that may affect the liver.
A small amount of blood is taken from your arm with a needle. The blood is collected in tubes and sent to a lab.
Having this test will take just a few minutes of your time.
Ask your healthcare provider when and how you will get the result of your test.
The normal SGOT range for adults in most labs is 0 to 35 units per liter (U/L). The normal range may vary slightly from lab to lab. Normal ranges are usually shown next to your results in the lab report.
Your blood level of SGOT may be higher than normal because:
Test results are only one part of a larger picture that takes into account your medical history and current health. Sometimes a test needs to be repeated to check the first result. Talk to your healthcare provider about your result and ask questions.
If your test results are not normal, ask your healthcare provider: