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TORCH 4 Panel (IgM)

TORCH 4 Panel (IgM) Includes 4 testsView All
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Understanding TORCH 4 Panel (IgM)


What is TORCH 4 Panel (IgM)?

TORCH 4 Panel IgM is a panel of tests that screens for infectious diseases including Toxoplasmosis, Rubella, Herpes simplex (1&2), and Cytomegalovirus infection. These tests detect the presence of IgM antibodies produced by the body in response to these infections.

This test is ordered if you are exposed to certain infectious diseases or become ill while pregnant; or when the newborn shows any signs suggestive of such infections including mental retardation, deafness, heart defects, cataract, or jaundice. 

What is TORCH 4 Panel (IgM) used for?

  1. If you are pregnant (usually during the first trimester) or planning to get pregnant.
  2. If the child or infant shows signs or symptoms suggestive of infections included in the panel like deafness, seizures, heart defects, cataracts, jaundice, low platelet count, etc.

What does TORCH 4 Panel (IgM) measure?

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Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 IgM

The Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 IgM test is designed to detect IgM antibodies that are produced as a body's first response to a HSV infection. IgM antibodies may take up to 10 days to develop. Also, these antibodies are usually present in higher concentrations shortly after an infection and eventually decrease after a time period (7-10 days). Therefore, the presence of HSV-1 or HSV-2 IgM antibodies typically suggests a recent infection.

Early detection allows doctors to detect symptoms quickly and provide necessary medical interventions to individuals suffering from HSV infection, leading to better outcomes and improved quality of life.

 

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Rubella Virus - IgM

The Rubella Virus - IgM test determines the presence of Immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies in the blood against Rubella virus. IgM antibodies are the first line of defense produced by the immune system in response to a recent infection. Therefore, this test is crucial for diagnosing acute or recent rubella infections. 

In acute primary infection during pregnancy, IgM may be detected 4-15 days after the rash appears. The IgM levels begin to decline after 36 -70 days and may last up to 180 days in some cases.

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Cytomegalovirus IgM Antibody

A Cytomegalovirus IgM Antibody test measures the presence of Immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies in the blood, specifically targeting the CMV. IgM antibodies are produced by the body first in response to a CMV infection. They can be detected in the blood within a week or two after the initial exposure. IgM levels rise for a short time, then decline and usually fall below detectable levels after a few months. IgM antibody levels rise again when latent CMV is reactivated.

Elevated levels of CMV IgM antibodies indicate an ongoing infection or recent exposure to the virus. Understanding the presence of IgM antibodies helps doctors diagnose and manage CMV infections effectively. 

 

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Toxoplasma gondii - IgM

A Toxoplasma gondii - IgM test measures the presence of IgM antibodies in the blood, indicating recent or acute infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. These antibodies are part of the body’s immune response and are produced when an individual is exposed to the parasite. These antibodies are the first to appear after being exposed to the parasite and may persist for up to 18 months post-infection. This test provides valuable information about recent exposure to Toxoplasma gondii, helping in the diagnosis and management of infections, especially in cases where timely detection is crucial.

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Interpreting TORCH 4 Panel (IgM) results


Interpretations

  • A normal result is negative antibody in the blood and means that it is unlikely that the person tested has the infections 
  • A positive result indicates high likelihood of infection with that microbe. IgM antibodies are present when their is current or recent infection. However, further testing must be done to confirm the results
  • The presence of IgG antibodies in pregnant woman usually indicate past infection 
  • If both IgM and IgG antibodies are found in a newborn, it's probably because antibodies in the mother have been transferred to the fetus through the placenta  

 

 

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about TORCH 4 Panel (IgM)


Frequently Asked Questions about TORCH 4 Panel (IgM)

Q. Is there any risk associated with this test?

There is no risk associated with the test. However, since this test involves a needle prick to withdraw the blood sample, in very rare cases, a patient may experience increased bleeding, hematoma formation (blood collection under the skin), bruising or infection at the site of needle prick.

TORCH 4 Panel (IgM) test price for other cities


Price inGurgaonRs. 1319
Price inBangaloreRs. 1319
Price inPuneRs. 1319
Price inKolkataRs. 1319
Price inNavi MumbaiRs. 1319
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