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When did Hepatitis lab test names change?
Dec 13, 2004

When did the SGOT test change to AST, the SGPT change to ALT? I am trying to correlate old tests from 1982 that have AST but no SGPT or ALT on a 15 chemistry lab test. I did not think we had changed the names of testing back then. Also thought whenever we did an SGOT we did an SGPT +LDH (both are missing on this old chemistry lab). I am not sure the test is real or made up on someone's home computer.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The AST/ALT naming convention has been in wide use for many years. Old GOT values can pretty much be translated to AST, although technology may have changed somewhat in the assay. In the current economic environment, most of large chemistry batteries that were ordered in the old days are no longer allowed without significant justification. So you will see more and more individual or small panel testing.



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