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TORCH Test Price

Price: ₹2000

Limited Time Offer: ₹1320

Fasting Time:

No fasting

Report Time:

12-24 hours

Recommended for:

Female

To be done:

Trimester 1

Age Recommended:

18+ years

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TORCH - Birth Defect Screening Cost

TORCH test or Birth Defect Screening test is used to screen for certain infectious diseases that can cause birth defects in a baby if the mother contracts them during the pregnancy. TORCH tests is recommended by healthcare practitioner at the first prenatal visit or during the first trimester This test becomes important as infections tested under this category have risk of passive transmission and hence early detection becomes a need for preventing complications in newborns. TORCH tests for both IgG and IgM antibodies against infectious agents ascertain and differentiate past as well as active infection

TORCH - Birth Defect Screening cost ranges between Rs.1320/- to Rs.1600/- depending on the type of lab that you are choosing. At Parentlane you can get this test booked with NABL accredited labs at the comfort of your home, get the best deal by comparing prices from leading partners and consult with experts for free as well.

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Last Updated: 01 October 2021

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CYTOMEGALO VIRUS (CMV) - IgG
CYTOMEGALO VIRUS (CMV) - IgM
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS I (HSV)-IGG
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS I (HSV)-IGM
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS II (HSV)-IGG
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS II (HSV)-IGM
TORCH PANEL - IGG
TORCH PANEL - IGM
RUBELLA - IgG
RUBELLA - IgM
TOXO GONDII - IgG
TOXO GONDII - IgM

What does TORCH test mean?

TORCH test is a set of tests used to screen new-borns and pregnant women for a few infections that are proven to cause birth defects in babies if the mother gets infected with  them during the pregnancy. These tests show the antibodies produced by the immune system when exposed to infectious diseases.

TORCH Syndrome is the infection of a developing fetus or newborn by any of the infectious agents.  “TORCH” stands for   (T)toxoplasmosis, (O)ther Agents, (R)ubella (also known as German Measles), (C)cytomegalovirus, and (H)herpes Simplex.

Why should one get TORCH test done?

The Torch test is done to screen the infectious Torch panel diseases.  It is conducted when a pregnant woman shows more ideal symptoms of the above diseases or when a baby is born with congenital abnormalities due to any of the Torch panel diseases. This test is anyways also done as a part of the prenatal routine check for pregnant women and for those ladies who have had repeated miscarriages.

When is TORCH test ideally done?

Doctors recommend it's even better to go for TORCH tests before you conceive or at the least during the first antenatal visit. These tests support the diagnosis of disease or infection detection. If the results are positive, your doctor might decide the treatment based on your signs and indications.

They might get it done with a few other tests if a woman shows signs of specific diseases during the pregnancy phase. These sets of diseases can travel over the placenta and cause birth deformities in the newborn. These issues include: Ear deafness, Cataract, Disability in intelligence, Cardiac issues, Fits, Jaundice, Decreased platelet count

How to get ready for TORCH test?

No Fasting is needed.  No other special requirements for the torch panel test.

How is TORCH test performed?

The TORCH screening is the process of drawing a small sample of blood from a vein located in your arm. You need to go to a lab and a phlebotomist will do the blood draw. They will clean the area and use a needle to draw blood.

Interpreting the results:

  • Result lesser than 19.9 AU/mL: No infection found
  • Result between 20.0 - 24.9 AU/mL: Can’t be determined fully, repeat test suggested in 10-14 days.
  • Result more than 25.0 AU/mL: Antibodies detected, can be current or latest infection, or sign of vaccination.

Medications received just over the counter and consumed before the test may affect the results. And any current medications taken for any other health condition would be altered for time being.  A single report of a TORCH test is not an ideal marker to conclude on the period of infection, before conception or during pregnancy.  The outcome result of the TORCH test generally comes as either Positive or Negative. If at all the results are positive, it's an indication that antibodies were developed for the disease. Either she can be presently infected or in the past or vaccinated.

What are the signs of TORCH infection?

  • High Fever with skin rash in pregnant women.
  • Exposure with a pregnant woman with fever and skin rash.
  • Hardened calcium deposits in tissues of fetal brain, liver, fetal ventriculomegaly detected by scan in the fetus.
  • Clinical symptoms in a newborn and infant suggestive of infection, Serological tests for Herpes simplex infection are too unreliable to be used for clinical purposes. Active Lesion of genital herpes is a sign to expect a C section delivery.
  • Generally infections due to Herpes simplex are caused by  anti-natal transmission and infection in foetus happening  due to transplacental transmission is extremely uncommon.

What is the cost of TORCH test?

Torch test costs around Rs 2000/- to Rs.3000/- , can vary based on the place of test and city you live.

FAQ

Does TORCH test pose any risk?

There are no major risks caused by the torch blood test, and the person might only feel a mild prick when the sample is drawn. Rarely it happens that there is an infection at the blood drawn site. The test does not cause any risks to the foetus as well.

What other tests are suggested along with TORCH test?

If a pregnant woman or the newborn tests positive for the antibodies the doctor will suggest more tests to check for the underlying infection.

TORCH panels do not have high module specificity and reliability, and any major and permanent irreversible  decision should not be ideally taken only on the basis of TORCH test results. 

Which is the most commonly seen torch infection?

TORCH, includes a few variants that commonly cause infections. They are Toxoplasmosis, few other variants like (Syphilis, Varicella- zoster, Parvovirus B19), Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and the Herpes. They cause foetal abnormalities.

How can someone prevent TORCH infection?

Getting vaccinated is the option for these bunch of diseases, and taking preventive measures to avoid exposure, such as frequent hand washing, can also help in disease prevention. The only way for a mother to protect her unborn child from congenital diseases is to protect herself.

Is TORCH test recommended in miscarriages too?

The TORCH panel test will also help to diagnose infections that could have harmed the unborn baby during pregnancy. The results might guide the doctors and the family to take precautionary preventive measures in future pregnancies. TORCH infections might not be a   cause for recurrent spontaneous miscarriages and TORCH test is not counted as a part of analysis for recurrent spontaneous abortions.

How is TORCH infection treated?

Clinical management of TORCH disease highly depends on the infection causing agent. Mostly it includes Antibiotics. When the infection happens as an outbreak nearing the delivery time, then precautions are suggested and C section would be the mode of delivery for the wellbeing of baby and mom.

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What does TORCH test mean?

TORCH test is a set of tests used to screen new-borns and pregnant women for a few infections that are proven to cause birth defects in babies if the mother gets infected with  them during the pregnancy. These tests show the antibodies produced by the immune system when exposed to infectious diseases.

TORCH Syndrome is the infection of a developing fetus or newborn by any of the infectious agents.  “TORCH” stands for   (T)toxoplasmosis, (O)ther Agents, (R)ubella (also known as German Measles), (C)cytomegalovirus, and (H)herpes Simplex.

Why should one get TORCH test done?

The Torch test is done to screen the infectious Torch panel diseases.  It is conducted when a pregnant woman shows more ideal symptoms of the above diseases or when a baby is born with congenital abnormalities due to any of the Torch panel diseases. This test is anyways also done as a part of the prenatal routine check for pregnant women and for those ladies who have had repeated miscarriages.

When is TORCH test ideally done?

Doctors recommend it's even better to go for TORCH tests before you conceive or at the least during the first antenatal visit. These tests support the diagnosis of disease or infection detection. If the results are positive, your doctor might decide the treatment based on your signs and indications.

They might get it done with a few other tests if a woman shows signs of specific diseases during the pregnancy phase. These sets of diseases can travel over the placenta and cause birth deformities in the newborn. These issues include: Ear deafness, Cataract, Disability in intelligence, Cardiac issues, Fits, Jaundice, Decreased platelet count

How to get ready for TORCH test?

No Fasting is needed.  No other special requirements for the torch panel test.

How is TORCH test performed?

The TORCH screening is the process of drawing a small sample of blood from a vein located in your arm. You need to go to a lab and a phlebotomist will do the blood draw. They will clean the area and use a needle to draw blood.

Interpreting the results:

  • Result lesser than 19.9 AU/mL: No infection found
  • Result between 20.0 - 24.9 AU/mL: Can’t be determined fully, repeat test suggested in 10-14 days.
  • Result more than 25.0 AU/mL: Antibodies detected, can be current or latest infection, or sign of vaccination.

Medications received just over the counter and consumed before the test may affect the results. And any current medications taken for any other health condition would be altered for time being.  A single report of a TORCH test is not an ideal marker to conclude on the period of infection, before conception or during pregnancy.  The outcome result of the TORCH test generally comes as either Positive or Negative. If at all the results are positive, it's an indication that antibodies were developed for the disease. Either she can be presently infected or in the past or vaccinated.

What are the signs of TORCH infection?

  • High Fever with skin rash in pregnant women.
  • Exposure with a pregnant woman with fever and skin rash.
  • Hardened calcium deposits in tissues of fetal brain, liver, fetal ventriculomegaly detected by scan in the fetus.
  • Clinical symptoms in a newborn and infant suggestive of infection, Serological tests for Herpes simplex infection are too unreliable to be used for clinical purposes. Active Lesion of genital herpes is a sign to expect a C section delivery.
  • Generally infections due to Herpes simplex are caused by  anti-natal transmission and infection in foetus happening  due to transplacental transmission is extremely uncommon.

What is the cost of TORCH test?

Torch test costs around Rs 2000/- to Rs.3000/- , can vary based on the place of test and city you live.

FAQ

Does TORCH test pose any risk?

There are no major risks caused by the torch blood test, and the person might only feel a mild prick when the sample is drawn. Rarely it happens that there is an infection at the blood drawn site. The test does not cause any risks to the foetus as well.

What other tests are suggested along with TORCH test?

If a pregnant woman or the newborn tests positive for the antibodies the doctor will suggest more tests to check for the underlying infection.

TORCH panels do not have high module specificity and reliability, and any major and permanent irreversible  decision should not be ideally taken only on the basis of TORCH test results. 

Which is the most commonly seen torch infection?

TORCH, includes a few variants that commonly cause infections. They are Toxoplasmosis, few other variants like (Syphilis, Varicella- zoster, Parvovirus B19), Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and the Herpes. They cause foetal abnormalities.

How can someone prevent TORCH infection?

Getting vaccinated is the option for these bunch of diseases, and taking preventive measures to avoid exposure, such as frequent hand washing, can also help in disease prevention. The only way for a mother to protect her unborn child from congenital diseases is to protect herself.

Is TORCH test recommended in miscarriages too?

The TORCH panel test will also help to diagnose infections that could have harmed the unborn baby during pregnancy. The results might guide the doctors and the family to take precautionary preventive measures in future pregnancies. TORCH infections might not be a   cause for recurrent spontaneous miscarriages and TORCH test is not counted as a part of analysis for recurrent spontaneous abortions.

How is TORCH infection treated?

Clinical management of TORCH disease highly depends on the infection causing agent. Mostly it includes Antibiotics. When the infection happens as an outbreak nearing the delivery time, then precautions are suggested and C section would be the mode of delivery for the wellbeing of baby and mom.

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