Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)

Clinical use:
Background: ALT is present in high concentrations in the liver and to a lesser extent in skeletal muscle, kidney and heart. In conjunction with other liver enzyme tests it can aid in the diagnosis of a number of liver diseases such as viral hepatitis, toxic liver necrosis and cirrhosis among others.
Reference ranges: 1 – 50 U/L
Associated diseases:
Patient preparation:
Specimen requirements: Serum
Turnaround time: 2 hours
Additional information:
Referred test: Performed in house
Page last updated on: 14 May 2015