Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)
Label Mnemonic: AST
Epic Lab Code: LAB131
Downtime Form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
6240 RCP
Collection Medium:
Plasma Separator Tube 4.5 mL
Alternate Collection Media:
Call laboratory for additional acceptable specimen collection containers.
3 mL light green top tube or 1 light green top Microtainer® for pediatric patients
Testing Schedule:
24 hrs/day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Turn Around Time:
1 hour (upon receipt in laboratory)
Reference Range:
Males; 0-40 U/L Females; 0-32 U/L Pediatric Ranges: Age Male/Female U/L 1-3 years 10-50 4-6 years 10-45 7-12 years 10-40 13-18 years 10-35
Avoid hemolysis. Adult reference ranges changed 11/26/2013.

This test is also performed in the Iowa River Landing (IRL) clinical laboratory (for specimens drawn at that site).
Test Limitations:
Criterion: Recovery within plus or minus 10% of initial value. Hemolysis interferes due to AST activity from erythrocytes (index of 50). Icterus: No significant interference up to an I index of 60 (approximate conjugated and unconjugated bilirubin concentration: 60 mg/dL). Lipemia (Intralipid): No significant interference up to an L index of 250 (approximate triglycerides concentration: 500 mg/dL). There is poor correlation between turbidity and triglycerides concentration. Lipemia may cause absorbance flagging as a result of an absorbance increase. Reference Glick MR, Ryder KW, Jackson SA. Graphical Comparisons of Interferences in Clinical Chemistry Instrumentation. Clin Chem 1986;32:470-474.
CPT Code:
See also:
Aspartate Aminotransferase-Other, Body Fluid