TORCH Test in Chennai
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What is the TORCH test used for?
Transmissible diseases can occur in women who have conceived or in infants at birth. TORCH test is used to detect these types of torch infections which can lead to illness and congenital abnormalities.
The TORCH Test is used
- To identify and determine TORCH pathogens in an expecting mother usually in the first three months of pregnancy or in a woman who wishes to become pregnant.
- To screen a woman for infections who have a history of recurrent pregnancy loss.
- To evaluate TORCH diseases in the baby immediately after birth.
What is included in the TORCH test?
The body’s immune system produces IgG and IgM antibodies against diseases caused by TORCH infections. TORCH test detects the presence of these antibodies in the blood against Toxoplasma, Cytomegalovirus, Rubella and Herpes Simplex Virus. When a person gets exposed to the virus IgM is seen in the blood in the early stages and also can be detected in the blood sample.
IgG is seen in the blood after a few weeks and will remain in the body for a prolonged period. Thus, the body would have become immune to this virus and protects the body for a prolonged period from any further disease from the same virus.
TORCH panel tests include:
- TORCH panel – IgG
- TORCH panel IgM
- TORCH 10 (serum)
Procedure for TORCH test
- This test requires a blood serum sample which is collected from a vein, usually from the arm. It should only take a few minutes to collect the sample.
- A topical antiseptic is applied to the inside of your elbow to clean a small area of your skin. An elastic band is then wrapped around your upper arm to apply pressure to find a vein.
- Once a vein is seen, a sterile needle is inserted to draw blood into a small tube.
- When the needle is inserted, you may feel a sting in your arm; however, the pain will reduce immediately.
- After sample collection, a small band aid will be applied at the procedure site.
- The sample is labeled and sent to our accredited labs of your choice (made during the booking) for further processing.
- With the help of state-of-the-art technology, the blood sample will be analysed by the lab technician.
- Once the analysis is completed, the blood test results will be available on the MFine app within the next 24-48 hours.
How to prepare for the TORCH test?
The TORCH test is a simple blood test and does not require any special requirements or fasting before the test. Samples can be taken as per the convenience of the patient. Inform the doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are using. Certain medications can interfere with TORCH testing.
Things to consider after the TORCH test is complete
Once the test results are available, a doctor will review your test reportand discuss the diagnosis with you. If you are tested positive, they will recommend and guide you through treatment and any subsequent follow-up. Usually, antibiotics are prescribed to treat your infections. Please do not attempt to self-diagnose your medical condition.
*What types of infection can the TORCH test detect?
- Toxoplasmosis: This is an infectious disease caused by a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii and passed from an expecting lady, often in the first three months to the fetus through the placenta. Toxoplasmosis is caused mainly by eating uncooked eggs or meat and handling the feces of cats. This infection can cause spontaneous abortion, impairment of vision, convulsions, deafness, or other congenital birth defects.
- Rubella: Rubella virus causes rubella. Rubella is also known as German measles. If the virus attacks the fetus in the uterus, it may cause defects present during birth. This includes heart abnormalities, brain damage, visual and hearing impairment, etc.
- Cytomegalovirus also called CMV can travel through the placenta to a child during the prenatal period, or during breastfeeding after birth. It may cause hearing impairment, reduced mental growth, convulsions, which can be seen in the infant.
- Herpes Simplex Virus, both herpes Simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2 is caused by the herpes virus. This virus can be passed on to the newborn baby in the uterus or at the time of childbirth through the vaginal canal if there are any vaginal lesions. Both herpes infections in infants are severe and affect major organs in the body, causing pulmonary disorders, convulsions, and brain and spinal cord damage.
How much does the TORCH test cost?*
Through the MFine app, you can now book TORCH tests (both IgG and IgM) from certified lab partners in your city.
Reputed certified lab partners of MFine for TORCH tests are Aster Labs, Aarthi Diagnostics etc. The average cost of a TORCH test is typically between Rs.2800 to Rs.3600.
However, this cost might vary based on location, time, and your preferred lab partner.
How long does it take to get the results for the TORCH test?
You can expect to get the results for the TORCH test within 24 to 48 hours after the sample is collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, medical advice, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What do abnormal TORCH test results indicate?
TORCH screen results show whether you have an infection now or had one in the past.
Positive IgM indicates some recent infection and if positive in pregnant women, it needs further evaluation. A negative result may indicate no previous or recent infection.
Positive IgG result indicates a previous infection.
Positive IgG and IgM results indicate a recent, ongoing infection.
It is important to understand the TORCH infection causes if you are pregnant and in case of any suspected symptom consult your doctor immediately. The chances of passing it to your baby could be reduced by timely action.
Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor for interpreting the test reports.
Is the TORCH test definitive?
TORCH screening is a disease-specific test based on the history of the mother and the neonatal clinical symptoms. The organisms may be present in the body without any symptoms and require screening.
If a mother or the newborn baby tests positive for the antibodies the doctor will recommend more tests to check for the underlying infection.
How to read the TORCH report?
The results are provided as negative or positive indicating the absence or presence of IgG and IgM antibodies for each of these diseases.
- The normal or negative result of a TORCH test report indicates the absence of antibodies. If both IgG and IgM results show negative, it suggests that there is no past or present infection.
- A positive result of a TORCH test report indicates the presence of antibodies. If the test is positive for a certain disease, the presence of IgG and IgM antibodies will be seen in blood against that disease.
- A positive IgM result and a negative IgG result indicate a recent infection. IgM positivity indicates a recent infection and the need for appropriate treatment. If IgM is found to be positive, additional testing may be required.
- A positive IgG result and a negative IgM result indicate a previous infection. A positive IgG result indicates a previous infection (except HIV) and previous vaccination, whereas a negative IgM result suggests past disease for the virus that may be already treated or vaccinated against that specific disease.
- Positive IgG and IgM results indicate a present disease that is in progress.
- The TORCH Profile test is done to evaluate the disease, and the results should be further confirmed by more tests suggested by your consulting doctor.
Why book a TORCH test?
This test is done mainly to
- To detect and screen for an infection caused by the TORCH group of microorganisms, particularly in a pregnant woman in her first trimester or who exhibits symptoms of the aforementioned illnesses. Screening early is important to prevent infections from being passed on to the foetus.
- To diagnose the type of infections in the woman who is having a miscarriage, women who are experiencing multiple abortions or are unable to conceive.
- As part of a pregnant woman’s antenatal check-up.
- To help in the early detection of possible infections when a baby is born with congenital abnormalities like mental retardation, hearing abnormalities, heart abnormalities which could be due to TORCH infections
TORCH test at home – how does it work?
The TORCH test is just like any other blood test. A lab technician visits your home when you book your tests through the MFine app. The lab technician first cleans the arm and then inserts a syringe into a vein. The required amount of blood is then taken into a vial. The lab technician then removes the needle and places cotton wool or a bandage over the prick.
Are there any risks involved with the TORCH test?
The TORCH blood test is a relatively safe procedure with minor side effects. The following are some possible side effects of the CPK test:
- Minor bruises or soreness may form at the site of injection. By applying pressure to the affected area for several minutes, you can reduce the likelihood of bruising.
- The vein may become swollen after the blood sample is taken in rare cases. This condition is known as phlebitis. This can be treated with a warm compress many times per day.
- Some people may experience dizziness, fainting, or infection at the puncture site.
What can affect the results of the torch test?
Any over-the-counter medications or current medications you are having may have an impact on the results. Check with your doctor to see if you need to discontinue any current medications.
Why Book the TORCH Test?
- TORCH test is specifically performed to detect an infection caused by the TORCH group of microorganisms, especially in pregnant women. The test is also used to diagnose infections in women experiencing miscarriages or unable to conceive. It is also used to detect infections in newborns.
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What does the TORCH test measure?
- The torch test measures the levels of antibodies produced during Toxoplasma gondii, other agents, rubella, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection.
- It functions as a screening test for the relevant antibodies that are responsible for causing infectious diseases.
- Specifically, the test screens for two different antibodies, i.e., immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin M (IgM).
- The doctor utilizes the information derived from the respective antibodies to elaborate on women’s symptoms history related to fetus or exposure to any infections.
What Preparation is Needed for the TORCH Test?
What Happens to Your Test Sample?
What do Abnormal Results Indicate?
- The TORCH screening test indicates if a patient is presently having any infections or there is any relevance of infection history.
- In case any evidence is found for the prevalence of IgG or IgM antibodies in the serum sample, then the test is defined to be positive. This indicates the presence of infection in the body.
- The report is defined to be negative in case the respective antibodies are absent. This indicates the absence of any infections or infection history.
- Disclaimer: It has been advised to always consult with your doctor for interpreting the test reports.
Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs
Can I avail myself of an at-home sample collection in Chennai?
Yes, the sample collection for various tests can be done at home. MFine makes it easier with a single click, where you can book a slot for a test without going anywhere. Your test results will be delivered to your doorstep.
What is the cost of a TORCH test in Chennai?
The cost of pathological tests depends upon different laboratory infrastructures prevailing in the city. It is also dependent on the city and the laboratory facilities available in the laboratories. The average cost of the TORCH test in Chennai is approximately 1650 INR per person.
I stay in Jaipur. Can I book a TORCH test for my mother staying in Chennai?
Yes, you can easily book a torch test for your relatives and old family members living in distant places with the help of the MFine app.
How can I reschedule my appointment for the TORCH test sample?
Rescheduling of appointments is easily possible through the MFine application. The application has an option to reschedule the sample collection date and time.
Is the lab technician coming for the TORCH test sample collection vaccinated?
Our lab technicians are fully vaccinated. Further, they also ensure safety throughout by wearing a mask and using a sanitiser and gloves during sample collection.
When is the TORCH test recommended?
The TORCH test acts as a screening test for detecting the prevalence of infections related to diseases like rubella, simplex virus, syphilis, etc. The test is recommended for women indicated with the presence of infection or who have reported any sort of infection history. It is also recommended for infants born with any kind of congenital abnormalities. The test is prescribed as a part of the antenatal check-ups for pregnant women and women facing recurrent abortions.
Is a prescription required to book a TORCH test?
No, a prescription from any registered doctor is not required for the TORCH test. However, it would be advisable for the patient to report any ongoing medicines and also the presence of any co-morbidity to the professional conducting the test. This would prevent the rise of any adverse reactions that may pose risk for the patient.
Does MFine provide result interpretation along with the reports?
Yes. MFine provides result interpretation along with the reports. Also, you will be able to avail a free doctor consultation after the lab test to understand your report accurately. Our doctor will also advise and prescribe medicines if required based on the results.
Is the TORCH test definitive?
What other tests are usually recommended along with the TORCH test?
In case a mother or the newborn is tested positive with the respective antibodies, the doctor should recommend other tests that are useful for treating the underlying infections. It is advisable to conduct suitable tests against the causative microorganisms for herpes, rubella, syphilis, HIV, etc.
What diseases can be detected through TORCH tests?
TORCH test is a screening test that is performed to detect the presence of infections in a pregnant woman or someone who has a history of frequent abortions. It is also capable of evaluating the prevalence of history, respectively. The diseases that may be detected through the test are toxoplasmosis, rubella, herpes simplex, syphilis, HIV, etc.
How can I download my TORCH test report?
- Login to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click Attachment and Reports
- Click Lab Report and download the same