Date: August 16, 2022
Time: 8:00am (PDT), 11:00am (EDT), 5:00pm (CEST)
Physicians caring for expecting or pregnant mothers get great support from diagnostic tests of the TORCH panel to identify possible challenges by infectious conditions which could seriously harm the baby. TORCH is an acronym for infections caused by Toxoplasma gondii, Other organisms (Treponema pallidum, HIV, HCV), Rubella virus, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Herpes simplex virus. Appropriate TORCH testing is contingent on ordering the right test at the right time. Additionally, there are also cases beyond pregnancy (i.e., immunocompromised patients, transplant recipients) where early detection of these infections is critically important.
Finally, TORCH testing is useful for the differential diagnosis of acute conditions that any of the aforementioned pathogens may cause. Therefore, it is essential to distinguish when and which tests are needed for screening or diagnosis and how the combination of the results obtained by different tests will guarantee a greater diagnostic accuracy. Join us to understand the use of TORCH testing in screening and diagnosis
- Discuss the fundamental differences between a “screening” and “diagnostic” test
- Explain which TORCH tests/assays will help establish timing of acute infection in pregnancy and other clinical scenarios
- Acknowledge the need of combining clinical data and laboratory results to achieve a better accuracy in TORCH diagnosis
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