GGT (Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase): About This Test

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What is it?

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A GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) is a test to look for GGT in your blood. GGT is a protein (enzyme) that speeds up chemical reactions in the body. It is found mainly in the liver and the bile ducts. Gamma-glutamyl transferase is also called gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase.

Why is this test done?

The test is done to check for alcohol problems, liver disease, and bile duct blockage. It is usually done along with other tests, such as alanine aminotransferase, or ALT.

How can you prepare for the test?

In general, you don’t need to prepare before having this test. Your doctor may give you some specific instructions.

What happens during the test?

  • A health professional takes a sample of your blood.

What else should you know about the test?

  • Your results will include an explanation of what a "normal" result is. This is called a "reference range." It is just a guide. Your doctor will evaluate your results based on your health and other factors. This means that a value that falls outside the normal values listed may still be normal for you.

How long does the test take?

  • This test will take a few minutes.

What happens after the test?

  • You will probably be able to go home right away.
  • You can go back to your usual activities right away.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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Current as of: October 14, 2016