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Overview

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test is performed to detect IgM antibodies against any five suggestive infections in the panel. This test is performed to prevent perinatal infections that may be harmful to a developing baby.

What is TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test?

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test is a blood test used to detect IgM antibodies. TORCH is an acronym for a set of infections likely to occur in pregnant women. The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test is performed to detect any five perinatal infections included in the panel.

Why is TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test suggested?

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test is suggested to detect any four perinatal diseases in the TORCH panel. The panel includes

  • Toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex.
  • Other diseases such as HIV, chickenpox, viral hepatitis, measles, and syphilis.

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test is part of the routine test performed on all pregnant women.

How is the TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test performed?

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test is performed as follows:

  • Blood is collected from the patient’s forearm.
  • The sample sent for the ELISA test.

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test is performed by trained professionals.

What are the parameters measured in the TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test?

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test results are either positive or negative. If the results are positive for the presence of IgM antibodies, it means that there is an infection.

Preparation before performing the TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test

The doctor should be informed of the patient’s current medication and allergies.

Post-care after the TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test

No post-care is required after the TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test.

Sample types in the TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test

The TORCH 5 Panel (IgM) test requires a blood sample (0.5-2 ml).

Side effects/risks of the TORCH 5 PANEL (IgM) test

There are no side effects/risks of the TORCH 5  Panel (IgM) test.

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