The liver disorder is one of the most severe diseases in India and around ten lakh new patients of the liver disorder are diagnosed every year. According to World Health Organization (WHO), it is the tenth most common cause of death in India. Liver diseases diagnosis during the early stage facilitates early identification and treatment of liver disorders.
The symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and pain in the abdomen are enough signs to take liver function tests.
You must observe these signs and consult your family doctor. SGPT test, also known as SGPT ALT test is a marker that tells whether your liver is healthy and functioning normally. The SGPT, i.e., serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase blood test indicates any existing liver damage. SGPT is an enzyme that is found mainly in liver and heart. When the liver or heart is damaged, an excess of SGPT is leaked into our blood, increasing its level drastically.
This test is performed similarly to any other blood test where the blood is drawn from the vein in hand.
Some medications are known to interfere with the test results and you may need to avoid them before the test. Your doctor should be aware of all the supplements, herbs or medicines you take and you should also consult with him before stopping any of your regular medications.
The blood samples that are taken from your body are processed within a few hours or a day to get the results. If the test shows positive signs, the doctor may advise you for additional tests to figure out the exact problem.
Here are some reasons why your ALT level can be much higher than the standard range -
The ALT test is safe with minimal risks. Some might experience light headedness for some time. There can be a small bruise on the blood test site which can last for few days but it is normal.
The SGPT test is crucial in liver disorder. It gives the vital information about your liver and in case of any liver problems; you can get the further treatment as soon as possible. If in doubt, schedule your SGPT test or full body checkup today. Full body checkup helps to detect abnormality in your body if any.