TORCH Syndrome


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TORCH Syndrome: Infection of a fetus by any of a group of infectious agents which have been transmitted from the mother through the placenta. The infections include toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes virus, hepatitis and syphilis. The severity and nature of symptoms is determined by the type of infection. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of TORCH Syndrome is available below.  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says .. The TORCH complex was originally considered to consist of four conditions,[2] with the “TO” referring to “Toxoplasma”. The four-term form is still used in many modern references,[3] and the capitalization “ToRCH” is sometimes used in these contexts.[4] Alternatively, the “O” is redefined as “other”,[5] and the acronym is spelled out as follows:

  1. TToxoplasmosis / Toxoplasma gondii
  2. O – Other infections (see below)
  3. RRubella
  4. CCytomegalovirus
  5. HHerpes simplex virus

The “other agents” included under O are Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Varicella-Zoster Virus, HIV, and Parvovirus B19.

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for TORCH Syndrome includes the 18 symptoms listed below:

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