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Also known as: TORCH Panel
Formal name: TORCH Test

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect certain infectious diseases that can cause birth defects in a newborn; sometimes to screen pregnant women for these infections

When to Get Tested?

When a baby is born with congenital abnormalities that may be caused by an infection with one of the diseases included in the panel; sometimes if a woman is exposed to certain infections or becomes ill while pregnant

Sample Required?

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

Test Preparation Needed?