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Also known as: TORCH Panel
Formal name: TORCH Test
Related tests: Toxoplasmosis, Rubella, CMV, Herpes

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen pregnant women and newborns for several infectious diseases that can cause birth defects

When to Get Tested?

If you are exposed to certain infectious diseases or become ill while pregnant or if a baby is born with congenital abnormalities that may be caused by an infection with one of the diseases included in the panel

Sample Required?

A blood sample is drawn from a vein in the arm by needle or by heelstick for infants

Test Preparation Needed?