Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) test is used to evaluate a client with a suspected hepatocellular disease, injury, or inflammation (may also be used along with cardiac markers to evaluate coronary artery occlusive disease). AST was formerly known as serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT).

Normal Lab Value for Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)

  • Male: 10 – 40 units/L
  • Female: 9 – 25 units/L

Nursing Considerations

  • No fasting is required.
  • Previous intramuscular injections may cause elevated levels.