What is Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) in terms of Nursing Labs?
ALT is an enzyme made in the liver. This enzyme is found in highest concentrations in the liver , but is found to lesser extent in heart, skeletal muscle and kidney. Damage to the liver results in a significant increase in this enzyme.
What are the Indications for Alanine Aminotransferase?
- progression of liver disease or liver damage
- It can also aid in monitoring response to treatments
What would cause increased levels of Alanine Aminotransferase?
- Muscle damage
- Biliary tract obstruction
- Long-term alcohol abuse
- Liver Cancer
- Muscular dystrophy
- Infections mononucleosis
Date Published - Apr 7, 2016
Date Modified - Apr 30, 2019