TORCH 5 Panel (IgG) in Kattupakkam
Understanding TORCH 5 Panel (IgG) in Kattupakkam
What is TORCH 5 Panel (IgG) in Kattupakkam?
TORCH 5 Panel IgG is a panel of tests that screens for infectious diseases including Toxoplasmosis, Rubella, Herpes and Cytomegalovirus infection.
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 does TORCH 5 Panel (IgG) measure?Contains 5 tests
Toxoplasma gondii - IgG
A Toxoplasma gondii - IgG test measures the presence of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies specific to the Toxoplasma gondii parasite in the blood. These antibodies indicate a previous (past) exposure to the parasite. The presence of IgG antibodies indicates that you have had an infection, but it does not tell when. A high avidity in the IgG avidity test strongly suggests the infection happened more than 4 months ago. However, a low avidity result alone cannot be used to diagnose when the infection occurred, and further clinical evaluation is needed.
In general, having IgG antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii suggests a certain level of protection, but the effectiveness and duration of this protection can depend on factors such as the individual’s overall health, the strain of the parasite, and other immune-related considerations.
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Rubella Virus - IgG
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 IgG
A Herpes Simplex Virus 1 IgG test determines the presence of IgG antibodies against HSV-1 in response to the Herpes infection. The body begins to make IgG antibodies around 18 to 21 days after the exposure of the virus and remains in the body for life. The presence of IgG antibodies generally indicates past exposure and immunity against herpes infection. Getting tested helps manage herpes infection and prevent it from spreading further as the HSV-1 remains dormant in the body after the initial infection and can reactivate at various times, leading to recurrent outbreaks.
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Cytomegalovirus IgG Antibody
A Cytomegalovirus IgG Antibody test measures the presence of IgG antibodies in the blood, indicating a previous CMV infection. IgG antibodies are produced several weeks after the initial CMV infection. IgG levels rise during the active infection, then stabilize as the CMV infection resolves and the virus becomes inactive. Once exposed to CMV, you will have some measurable amount of CMV IgG antibody in your blood for the rest of your life, which provides protection from getting another primary infection (immunity). However, if you have a weak immune system, the virus can reactivate and cause serious symptoms or organ damage.
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Herpes Simplex Virus 2 IgG
A Herpes Simplex Virus 2 IgG test looks for the presence of IgG antibodies against HSV-2 in response to the Herpes infection. IgG antibodies are the most frequent type of antibody, which are developed around 18 to 21 days after the virus invades the body and remains in the body for life. Thus, the presence of IgG antibodies typically means an individual has been infected with the HSV-2 at some point. Detection of HSV-2 infection allows doctors to provide necessary support and guidance to individuals suffering from genital herpes, leading to better treatment outcomes and improved quality of life.
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