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Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT/SGPT)

Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT/SGPT) CPT: 84460

Synonyms

Glutamic Pyruvate Transaminase

SGPT

Transaminases

Expected Turnaround Time

Within 1 day

Specimen Requirements

Specimen

Serum (preferred) or plasma

Volume

1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Container

Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, green-top (heparin) tube, or lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Collection

Separate serum or plasma from cells within 45 minutes of collection.

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements

Patient Information

To screen for liver damage and/or to help diagnose liver disease.

When a healthcare practitioner thinks that you have symptoms of a liver disorder, such as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the skin or white of the sclerae), or potential exposure to hepatitis viruses; it can also be ordered as part of a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) when you have a routine health exam.

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm.