Understand Your Test

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)

Formal Name


Aspartate Aminotransferase


Why Get Tested?

To detect liver damage and/or to help diagnose liver disease.

When To Get Tested?

When a healthcare practitioner thinks that you have symptoms of a liver disorder, such as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, jaundice (yellow skin), or potential exposure to a hepatitis virus; as part of a comprehensive metabolic panelwhen you have a routine health exam.