Torch Panel IgG & IgM, Serum
- Reporting Time:
- 2 Days
- Specimen Type:
- Home Collection:
To detect certain infectious diseases that can cause birth defects in a newborn; sometimes to screen pregnant women for these infections
When a baby is born with congenital abnormalities that may be caused by an infection with one of the diseases included in the panel; sometimes if a woman is exposed to certain infections or becomes ill while pregnant
section or click on the links in the bulleted list above to go to the individual test pages. Other infections that may be tested for at the same time include syphilis, hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), enterovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, varicella-zoster virus, and parvovirus B19.
What type of testing is used to confirm infection with these microorganisms?
To make the diagnosis of an active infection with one of the TORCH pathogens, more specific confirmatory tests may be required. In a baby, cerebrospinal fluid testing (requiring a lumbar puncture or "spinal tap") is often used to confirm toxoplasmosis, herpes and rubella; urine may be cultured for cytomegalovirus; and skin lesions may be scraped and cultured for herpes simplex virus. Making the diagnosis of toxoplasmosis in the pregnant woman or the baby may require additional blood samples, which are sent to a reference lab that specializes in this testing.