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TORCH SYNDROME

TORCH syndrome is a group of infections that affect the fetus or the newborn baby. TORCH is an acronym for Toxoplasmosis, Other Agents, Rubella or German Measles, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes Simplex. These infections can cause fever, reddish or purplish spots in the skin, liver and spleen enlargement, problems in hearing, yellowing discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes, difficulty in feeding, eye problems and other signs and symptoms

TYPES

TORCH Syndrome is made up of the following infections:

  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Other Agents
  • Rubella or German Measles
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Herpes Simplex

SYMPTOMS

Toxoplasmosis is an overwhelming disease that is brought about by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.

Rubella is a viral infection caused by fever, upper respiratory infection, swelling of the lymph nodes, skin rash, and joint pain.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a viral infection that may occur during pregnancy, after birth, or at any age.

Neonatal herpes is an infection that affects children who are infected with the Herpes simplex virus (HSV).

DIAGNOSIS

You may require some tests if you are pregnant. These tests may also be done on babies to diagnose any possible infections and diseases.

These tests include the following:

  • HIV test
  • Test for Down’s syndromeor other chromosomal conditions
  • Gestational diabetes testing

What do my test results mean?

The results of lab tests may be affected by various factors, including the technique used to do the test. The TORCH test results show whether you have any of these infections.

How is this test done?

The test is done with a blood test. A needle is used to draw blood from a vein in your arm or hand.

Does this test have risks?

Having a blood test with a needle may have some minor risks. These include infections, pain, and inflammation on the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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