TORCH

Also known as: TORCH syndrome, TORCH infections.

What is TORCH?

TORCH (or TORCH syndrome) is the short term used to describe a group of diseases that are passed from mother to baby during pregnancy (congenital). The “letters” stand for Toxoplasmosis, Other (such as syphilis, mumps, HIV, parvovirus, chickenpox virus and other viruses), Rubella, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes simplex.

What causes TORCH? 

TORCH occurs when a mother has or develops one of these infections and passes it through her blood stream to her unborn baby.

What are the symptoms of TORCH? 

Symptoms can vary widely depending on the particular infection. They often include symptoms such as irritability, failure to thrive, rashes, developmental and learning disabilities, anemia and many other possible symptoms.
 

What are TORCH care options?

Treatment varies widely depending of the particular organism causing the infection, when it occurs and the specific symptoms and complications associated with it.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:14:15 PM

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