Meaning Of TORCH Lab Results?
Please explain, doctor. I am 5 weeks pregnant, and this is my first pregnancy. Some time ago I did a blood check for TORCH, because I currently still have a cat. R nThe lab results are as follows: r nAnti toxoplasma IgG positive cons: 3.5 r nAnti toxoplasma IgM negative r nAvidity anti toxoplasma IgG Low avidity 23.4 r nAnti rubella IgM negative r nWhat do the lab results mean by the doctor? r nAre the information and numbers listed can harm my fetus? r nPlease explain and what what I have to do so that my fetus and I are free from the virus. Thanks.
Hello Ocha, Thank you for the question.
Have you returned to check with the obstetrician who treats you? TORCH tests (toxoplasma, others (HIV and syphilis), rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes) are tests aimed at detecting antibodies (immune substances) that are formed due to the infections mentioned above. IgM is an antibody that is formed as a reaction to a recent / ongoing infection while IgG is a reaction to a previous / past infection. Anti toxoplasma avidity is a test to determine how strong the antibody bonds to virus / parasite particles; This examination is done to find out about when the infection occurred. Low IgG avidity indicates that the infection has occurred in the past but has recently occurred, whereas high avidity indicates that the infection has occurred in the past that has occurred for a long time. The higher the avidity, the more protective the antibody.
Toxoplasma is an infection caused by Toxoplasma gondii, which can live in cats. This parasite can cause infection through:
contact with infected cat feces contact with soil contaminated with feces while a positive anti-Toxoplasma IgG (3.5) indicates that you have been infected before (in the past). With a low IgG avidity it is thought that a recent infection occurred (several months ago) and may have an impact on your pregnancy. However, there are also those who have been infected for a long time but the results of the avidity examination remain low. Therefore, the results of this examination must be interpreted with caution. We recommend that you return to consult with an obstetrician who recommends this examination. Talk to your doctor about further treatment.
Since you still have cats, please do the following suggestions:
clean cat litter every day and don't forget to wash your hands afterward. Give packaged dry food to your cat. Keep the cat away from the kitchen and food. In addition, please always consume cooked meat and wash the fruits and vegetables that you will consume. Don't forget to always keep your hands clean.
Hope this information is helpful.