Test Overview – The SGPT (serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase) blood test checks for the presence of ALT (alanine aminotransferase) liver enzymes in the blood that may indicate a liver disease. This test is done as part of a routine check-up for liver health. For people diagnosed with liver disease, it helps in monitoring the progress of treatment.
When is it recommended? – Anytime or fasting
Diagnostic ailment – Liver damage, hepatitis, cirrhosis
Significance – This test checks for elevated liver enzymes which may reflect liver disease.
What does the test result mean? – The recommended levels for this test is between 7 and 55 units per litre, with a slight elevation being acceptable for men.
Slightly elevated levels may be common in people with high alcohol consumption or a long history of medication. However, significantly high levels may indicate liver damage.
As this enzyme is also present in the kidneys and other organs, the doctor may ask for additional tests to confirm the diagnosis.
Special Instructions – Your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods or medicines before the test as they may impact the results.