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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Should we expand the TORCH complex?: a description of clinical and diagnostic aspects of selected old and new agents.
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., 2012) (also known as STORCH, TORCHES, or the TORCH infections), are a medical acronym for a set of perinatal infections (Maldonado et al., 2011), i.e., infections that are passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.
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.