An aspartate aminotransferase (AST) test is done to:
- Check for liver damage.
- Help identify liver disease, especially hepatitis and cirrhosis. Liver disease may produce symptoms such as pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting and sometimes jaundice.
- Check on the success of treatment for liver disease.
- Find out whether jaundice was caused by a blood disorder or liver disease.
- Keep track of the effects of cholesterol -lowering medicines and other medicines that can damage the liver.
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