TORCH complex


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TORCH com·plex

(tōrch kom'pleks)
An acronymic term for a group of perinatal infections likely to cause fetal anomalies: toxoplasmosis, other infections, rubella, cytomegalovirus infection, and herpes simplex.
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We recommend that all antenatal cases with BOH be routinely screened for TORCH complex as early diagnosis and appropriate intervention of these infections will help in proper management of these cases.
The prenatal and perinatal infections, falling under the designation of TORCH complex (Nickerson et al.
Many sensitive and specific tests are available for serological diagnosis of TORCH complex (Stern and Tacker, 1973); however, ELISA test is more routinely used for its sensitivity.