AST is widely distributed throughout the tissues with significant amounts being in the heart and liver. Lesser amounts are found in skeletal muscles, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs and brain. Injury to these tissues results in the release of the AST enzyme to general ciculation. In myocardial infarction, serum AST may begin to rise within 6-8 hours after onset, peak within two days and return to normal by the fourth or fifth day post infarction. An increase in serum AST is also found with hepatitis, liver necrosis, cirrhosis and liver metastasis.
Centrifuge serum or plasma specimens within 1 hour of collection,
transfer serum or plasma to a sterile, plastic, screw-capped
vial(s), and ship at room temperature.
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Reject criteria: Hemolysis; Anticoagulants other than heparin