SGOT is an enzyme present in high concentrations in tissues (such as the liver) with high metabolic activity. Severely damaged or killed cells release SGOT into the blood. The amount of SGOT in the blood is directly related to the amount of tissue damage. Therefore, if your childs liver is being damaged by the chemotherapy, the SGOT count can rise into the thousands. In addition, there are many other causes for an elevated SGOT, such as a viral infections or reaction to an anesthetic. If your childs level jumps unexpectedly, ask the physician for an explanation and a plan of action.
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