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Overview

The TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test is a blood test that is used to measure the level of IgM (Immunoglobulin M) antibodies in the blood.

What is the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test?

TORCH Profile is a panel of tests that are used to detect infections in pregnant women. It screens for infections that can pass on from the mother to the fetus during pregnancy. TORCH profile allows infections to be detected early to prevent complications in newborns.

Why is the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test suggested?

TORCH Profile is used to detect the following infections:

  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Other diseases, including HIV, syphilis, and measles
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Herpes simplex

How is the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test performed?

The procedure for the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test is as follows:

  • A blood sample is taken for the test.
  • Alcohol is used to clean the skin and needle before the technician wraps an elastic band above the elbow so that the veins are visible.
  • The needle is injected near the elbow and blood is collected in a plain tube attached to the needle.
  • The needle is ejected from the skin, and a gauze and bandage are used.

What are the parameters measured in the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test?

The result is either positive or negative. A positive result indicates the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies. A negative result indicates no past or present infections.

Preparation before performing the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test

No special preparation is needed for the TORCH profile test. The patient should follow the instructions given by the doctor with regard to food and medication.

Post-care after the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test

There are no particular post-care steps to be followed after the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test.

Sample types in the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test

A blood sample is extracted in the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test.

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Side effects/risks of the TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test

The TORCH Profile 8 Parameters test is a simple blood test. Apart from the risk of bruising at the puncture site and lightheadedness, there are no major side effects to the test.

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