The symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and pain in the abdomen are enough signs to take liver function tests.
What should you do?
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.
How is SGPT blood test carried out?
This test is performed similarly to any other blood test where the blood is drawn from the vein in hand.
How to prepare for the test?
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.
How long it takes to get the results?
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.
What does this test tell you?
Here are some reasons why your ALT level can be much higher than the standard range -
- Liver damage due to acute viral infections such as hepatitis.
- Liver damage due to the medicine intake.
- Consumption of excess of alcohol.
- Liver or gallbladder disease including liver cancer, liver failure and gallstones.
- Muscle injury.
- Medicine intake that has affected the test result.
Are these tests safe?
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. For more information, please fill the query form and we will be happy to help you.