ToRCH

(1) Product name: TORCH IgM Rapid Combo Test Device

(2) Format: Cassette

(3) Specimen: Whole blood/serum/plasma

(4) Test items: Toxo IgM, CMV IgM, Rubella IgM, HSV 1 IgM, and HSV 2 IgM

(5) Valid for: 24 months

(6) Distinguishes between IgG and IgM in all five TORCH infections
(7) Results available in 15 minutes
(8) Provides semi-quantitative results for Rubella IgG antibodies
(9) Distinguishes between HSV-1 and HSV-2

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Different formats of TORCH rapid test to meet diversified demands, Cassette, Strips, Midstream are all OK

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The TORCH panel is a group of tests used to screen newborns and, sometimes, pregnant women for certain infections that can cause birth defects in a baby if the mother contracts them during the pregnancy. The tests detect antibodies produced by the immune systemwhen exposed to the infectious diseases.

Some of the antibody tests are ordered individually; the complete TORCH panel is less commonly ordered since more specific and sensitive tests to detect these infections are available.

The blood tests that make up the panel are for:

For more about these infections, see the "What is being tested?" section or click on the links in the bulleted list above to go to the individual test pages.

Other infections that may be tested for at the same time include syphilishepatitis Bhuman immunodeficiency virus (HIV), enterovirus, Epstein-Barr virusvaricella-zoster virus, and parvovirus B19.


\ Product Specification
  • Individually sealed foil pouches containing:
    • One cassette device
    • Two desiccants
  • Plastic droppers
  • Sample diluent (REF SB-R0253, 5 mL/bottle)
  • One package insert (instruction for use)
\ User Instructions

 How is a TORCH screen performed?
A TORCH screen involves taking a small sample of blood. The blood is usually taken from a vein located in your arm. You will go to a lab and a phlebotomist will perform the blood draw. They will clean the area and use a needle to draw blood. They’ll collect the blood in a tube, or in a small container.

You may feel a sharp prick or stinging sensation when the blood is drawn. There’s typically very little bleeding afterwards. They will apply a light pressure bandage over the puncture site once the draw is complete.



 What do my TORCH screen results mean?

The TORCH screen results show whether you currently have an infectious disease or recently had one. It can also show if you have immunity to certain diseases, like Rubella, from being previously vaccinated yourself.
The results are termed either “positive” or “negative.” A positive test result means IgG or IgM antibodies were found for one or more of the infections covered in the screening. This can mean that you currently have, have had in the past, or have been previously vaccinated against the disease. Your doctor will explain the test results and review with you what they each mean.
A negative test result is generally considered normal, unless it is for a disease that you should be vaccinated against. This means no antibodies were detected, and there’s no current or past infection.
IgM antibodies are present when there’s a current or recent infection. If a newborn tests positive for these antibodies, a current infection is the most likely cause. If both IgG and IgM antibodies are found in a newborn, additional testing will be done to confirm if the baby has the active infection.
If you test positive for IgM antibodies during pregnancy, more testing will be done to confirm an infection.
The presence of IgG antibodies in a pregnant woman usually indicates a past infection or immunity. If there is a question of an active infection, a second blood test is performed a few weeks later so the antibody levels can be compared. If levels increase, it can mean the infection was recent or is currently happening.
If an infection is found, your doctor will create a treatment plan with you specific for pregnancy.

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