Friday, February 15, 2008

TORCH Panel

My OB wanted me to do one last test before we push through with the work up. She wanted me to get the TORCH test. This test is important to take so as to avoid and prevent miscarriage and congenital abnormalites.

What is TORCH panel?

The TORCH test, which is sometimes called the TORCH panel, belongs to a category of blood tests called infectious-disease antibody titer tests. This type of blood test measures the presence of antibodies (protein molecules produced by the human immune system in response to a specific disease agent) and their level of concentration in the blood. The name of the test comes from the initial letters of the five disease categories. The TORCH test measures the levels of an infant's antibodies against five groups of chronic infections: toxoplasmosis, other infections, rubella, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV). The "other infections" usually include syphilis, hepatitis B, coxsackie virus, Epstein-Barr virus, varicella-zoster virus, and human parvovirus.

This field of immunolgy is new to me and I haven't heard about this until Wednesday. What made this subject sad for me is, I have to let go of my cat because cats are carrier of the virus Toxoplasma gondii, that can cause miscarriage and congenital abnormalities.

To find out more about the TORCH panel, please click this link.

4 comments:

Babette said...

Hi, I hope you and your husband will be blessed with kids. Don't give up.

maanne said...

sis, good luck to your next round of treatment, hope all goes well! take care!

ivy said...

hi babette, thanks for dropping by!

ivy said...

hi sis maanne! thank you. you are im my prayers!

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