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Serological Screening of TORCH Agents as an Etiology of Spontaneous Abortion in Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal
American Journal of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages: 34-39
Received: Mar. 2, 2014; Accepted: Apr. 8, 2014; Published: Apr. 10, 2014
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Dhruba Acharya, Department of Microbiology, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, Kavre, P.O.Box- 11008, Nepal
Abha Shrestha, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, Kavre, Nepal
Bikash Bogati, Department of Microbiology, Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital, Kavre, Nepal
Kishor Khanal, Department of Community Medicine, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, Kavre, Nepal
Shrinkhala Shrestha, Department of Community Programs, Dhulikhel Hospital- Kathmandu University Hospital, Kavre, Nepal
Prabin Gyawali, Department of Biochemistry, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, Kavre, Nepal
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The role of TORCH infections as a cause of spontaneous abortions is still debatable with conflicting results where geographical variation may play a significant role. This study was undertaken to discover the association of TORCH infections in women with spontaneous abortions by serological testing. The descriptive case control study was conducted from January to December, 2012. A serological evaluation was carried out to determine the presence of Toxoplasma gondii, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies, using commercial diagnostic kits by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique. Mean age of the study and control subjects were 24.8+/-6.4 and 23.8+/-3.8 years respectively where 72.8% of the study subjects were of the age between 20 to 35 years and 23% of the women with spontaneous abortion were below 20 years. Most of the cases were of incomplete abortions (43%) followed by complete abortions (26%). Only 1.3% of both IgG and IgM seropositivity against TORCH agents were noted among the study subjects whereas highest IgG seropositivity was detected with Rubella (86.8%) followed by HSV-I (72.8%). An infection susceptibility rate of 77.9% to Toxoplasma gondii, 11.7% to Rubella, 51.9% to CMV, 36.4% to HSV-I and 84.4% to HSV-II was noted. No significant difference in relation to age and type of abortion was found in seropositivity between the study and the control subjects. This study, probably the first of its kind from Nepal, suggests that current infection with TORCH agents might not be the possible etiology of spontaneous abortion. Serological TORCH screening may not be conclusive.
Screening, TORCH Agents, Spontaneous Abortion, Immunoglobulin, Seropositivity
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Dhruba Acharya, Abha Shrestha, Bikash Bogati, Kishor Khanal, Shrinkhala Shrestha, Prabin Gyawali, Serological Screening of TORCH Agents as an Etiology of Spontaneous Abortion in Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal, American Journal of Biomedical and Life Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2014, pp. 34-39. doi: 10.11648/j.ajbls.20140202.11
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