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However, normal reference ranges are routinely provided by each laboratory and printed with each patient's individual report.
AST (SGOT) and ALT (SGPT) are reasonably sensitive indicators of liver damage or injury from different types of diseases or conditions, and collectively they are termed liver tests or liver blood tests.
Consequently, if you have "...elevated liver enzymes" or a high or abnormal liver test, you need to ask your physician exactly what all of the tests indicate.
The blood tests that truly reflect liver function are the following; normal values (ranges) listed are for adult men - women and children have similar but slightly different ranges of normal test values Note that many hospitals and doctor's offices list a liver function panel as part of a lab workup.
It is important to clarify that ALT and AST levels do not reflect the function of the liver, even though in the medical community and in medical publications they commonly, and incorrectly, are referred to as liver function tests.
Even in conditions when AST and ALT are very elevated, the liver still may function properly.
For example, individuals with acute viral hepatitis A may develop very high AST and ALT levels (sometimes in the thousands of units/liter range), but most people with acute viral hepatitis A recover fully without residual liver disease.
For example: AST (SGOT) is normally found in a variety of tissues including liver, heart, muscle, kidney, and the brain.
Thus, it serves as a fairly specific indicator of liver status.
However, the ranges of AST and ALT numbers may differ slightly depending on the technique and protocols used by different laboratories worldwide.
But when the liver is injured for any reason, these enzymes are spilled into the blood stream.
Enzymes are proteins that are present throughout the body, each with a unique function.