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If the torch test is positive then what will be the treatment?  

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shwetaamrita | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM via web

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If the torch test is positive then what will be the treatment?

 

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted June 23, 2013 at 2:25 AM (Answer #1)

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The TORCH test is a panel of tests that can be given to a newborn baby to test for several different diseases that can be passed from mother to baby.  The word TORCH is an acronym for the different diseases that the test identifies.

Toxoplasmosis

Other

Rubella

Cytomegalovirus

Herpes simplex virus

The "other" diseases include syphilis, HIV, and varicella zoster virus.  If a doctor suspects any of these diseases in the baby, a blood sample is taken to run the TORCH test.  If there are any positive responses, then further testing is done to verify if the baby has a particular disease or not.  The TORCH test is a first pass.  If any further testing does turn out to be positive, then any treatment administered would depend on which specific disease was identified.

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