TORCH infections are a group of congenital infections passed from mother to child during pregnancy, during delivery, or after birth. TORCH is the short for: Toxoplasma gondii, Other agents (syphilis, varicella-zoster, parvovirus B19), Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV). In general, TORCH infections account for 2 to 3% of all congenital anomalies.
Most of the TORCH infections cause mild maternal morbidity but have serious fetal defects, and treatment of maternal infection has no impact on fetal outcomes. Therefore, recognition of the maternal disease and fetal monitoring is important once the disease is recognized. Daan Gene’s real-time PCR kits for detecting the nucleic acid of TORCH can help prevent complications in newborns by early detection of an infection.