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Test Code 6975 Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT/SGPT), Plasma

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Enzymatic (Activated)

Literature Reference:

Package insert: ALT (GPT) with P-5-P ALTPM. Roche Corporation, 6/2014.

Specimen Requirements

Note: This test is also available as part of  #6961 Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) and #6965 Hepatic Function Panel. See Common Panel Test Combinations in Special Instructions to avoid duplicate test requests when multiple panels are ordered.


Specimen Type: Plasma

Container/Tube: Mint-green top (lithium heparin)

Specimen Volume: Full tube


Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Turnaround Time:
STAT: 1 hour after receipt in laboratory 
Routine: 2 to 4 hours after receipt in laboratory

Reference Values

0-3 years: 5-50 Units/L
Male ≥ 3 years: 7-55 Units/L

Female ≥ 3 years: 7-45 Units/L

Literature Reference:

International Federation of Clinical Chemistry, "Provisional recommendations on IFCC Methods for the Measurements of Catalytic Concentrations on Enzymes, Method for Alanine Aminotransferase," Clinical Chemistry 23: (5) p. 887, 1977.

Tietz, Burtis CA, Ashwood ER, Bruns DE eds: Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics 5th ed: Chapter 22, p. 565, Elsevier, St. Louis, MO 2012.

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only
Alternate Tube:

1 dark green-top (lithium heparin) tube

1 red-top tube

1 lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Analyte Stability:

See Analyte Stability Chart in Special Instructions.

Laboratory Processing Instructions:

Test performed in BJH Core Lab.  Processed by automated line for delivery to the Cobas 8000. Test performed in North Campus Laboratory. Centrifuge upon receipt and deliver to the Modular. Completed specimens are stored refrigerated for 5 days. 

Specimen Transport Temperature


LOINC Code Information

Name LOINC Code
Alanine Aminotransferase 1743-4