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Why should your doctor order an alanine aminotransferase test?

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The alanine aminotransferase test (ALT) is a blood test that checks for liver damage. You might get it if you have:

The ALT test can be done as part of a blood panel during a regular exam. If you've already been diagnosed with liver disease, your doctor can use the ALT test to see how well your treatment is working.

  • Symptoms of liver disease or damage.
  • Family history of liver disease.
  • Been exposed to the hepatitis virus.
  • Drink a lot of alcohol.
  • Take medicine that's known to cause liver damage.

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ALT."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Disease: Definition." "Liver function tests."

Medscape: "Alanine Aminotransferase."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What To Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT, or SGPT)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "ALT."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ALT."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Disease: Definition." "Liver function tests."

Medscape: "Alanine Aminotransferase."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What To Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT, or SGPT)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "ALT."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2019

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