What are TORCH infections?
Abbreviation T.O.R.C.H. appeared from the first letters of the most dangerous infections for the fetus:
T (toxoplasmosis) - toxoplasmosis
О (other) - other infections (hepatitis B, syphilis, chlamydia, other infections caused by various viruses and bacteria)
R (rubella) - rubella
C (cytomegalia) - cytomegalovirus infection
H (herpes) - herpes I-II, II type
How dangerous are TORCH infections?
During pregnancy, primary infection with any of the TORCH-infection group is dangerous. That is, meeting with the infection to which immunity has not been developed. The presence of an infection in a pregnant woman can provoke an abortion at any time. It is also important to know that the risk of developing fetal pathology is higher with an acute infection than with a chronic infection.
When do you need to get tested?
The examination should take place 2-3 months before the planned pregnancy and every 2 months during pregnancy. And also a study for the presence of the rubella virus at 16-18 weeks of pregnancy is mandatory. Identification of TORCH - infection before pregnancy makes it possible to carry out therapeutic or preventive measures, as well as in the future to compare the results before and during pregnancy.
Laboratory test for TORCH infection will clarify the situation
An important feature of infections of the TORCH group is that symptoms may not be present or they may be mild, therefore the diagnosis only by clinical manifestations (rash, fever, etc.) is often difficult. More accurate is laboratory diagnostics - determination of immunoglobulins in the blood.
Preparation for research:
- blood is donated on an empty stomach
- do not take antibacterial and antiviral drugs for 3 weeks before the study
After receiving the test results, consult your doctor.
Clinic "Gatling-Med" sincerely wishes you and your future baby good health!