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TORCH Serology

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Toxoplasma, Rubella, CMV and Herpes serology

Alternate names:
TORCH, TORCH screen
Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
TORCH
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
Plain Tube with gelPlain Tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Sample haemolysis may make this test unreportable
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

Screen includes - Toxoplasmosis, Rubella, CMV and Herpes Simplex

 

 

Notes:
  Toxoplasmosis Rubella CMV Herpes simplex
At risk if: Maternal symptoms or IgM positive Maternal primary infection or re-infection Maternal primary infection (50%)
Maternal reinfection or reactivation (?1%)
Maternal genital infection in pregnancy (recurrent, acquisition of other type if already infected, initial non-primary, primary)
Initial tests - maternal serology Maternal IgG positive and IgM negative:
No further action required.
Maternal IgM + IgG positive:
Request neonatal testing.
Maternal rubella IgG/IgM if
(i) contact with rubella
(ii) rubella-like illness
Maternal IgG &/or IgM positive:
Request neonatal testing
Clinical assessment, antenatal serology or viral PCR results if available
Neonatal testing if indicated by maternal results and clinical suspicion Serology ? IgG & IgM
PCR ? blood*, CSF
Serology ? rubella IgM
PCR ? urine, throat swab, tears (conjunctival swab), lens tissue (if available)
Serology ? CMV IgM
PCR ? blood*, urine, saliva
PCR ? surface swabs (eye, throat, umbilicus, rectum), urine, blood*, CSF if positive surface swabs or infant with clinical illness
Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
2-7 days
Reference Interval:

Toxoplasma, Rubella, CMV performed daily at BHH (adults)

HSV performed weekly at RCH.

Laboratory Use Only

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