Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)
Why It Is Done
The alanine aminotransferase (ALT) test is done to:
- Identify liver disease, especially Reference cirrhosis Opens New Window and Reference hepatitis Opens New Window caused by alcohol, drugs, or viruses.
- Help check for liver damage.
- Find out whether Reference jaundice Opens New Window was caused by a blood disorder or liver disease.
- Keep track of the effects of Reference cholesterol Opens New Window-lowering medicines and other medicines that can damage the liver.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 4, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology