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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Aspartate AminoTransferase (AST)

Test Name

Aspartate AminoTransferase (AST)

Gold Tube Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = 1 Gold Top (SST)

Minimum Volume = 1 ml serum

Tube must fill to at least ½ or greater of its vacuum capacity

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Serum or heparinized plasma collected with or without gel separator. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label or requisition.

Special Instructions Serum or heparinized plasma free from hemolysis collected with or without gel separator. Separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection

Rejection Criteria: Gross hemolysis, Unlabeled or Not Sufficient Quantity Samples will be rejected.

Stability: AST is stable for 1 day at room temperature, 1 week, refrigerated at 2–8°C and frozen for 1 month.

Transportation: Send sample to core lab as soon as possible.

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

1 hour for Trauma / Stat - 2 hours for routine

Test Utilization

Routine

Reference Value

Adult: 7 - 40 U/L

Test Code

AST

Methodology

Immunoenzymatic Sandwich Assay

Testing Location

SMH-Biochemistry

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