Doctor Answers (1) on Torch test
Thank you for your query regarding TORCH titre and recurrent miscarriage. I would at the outset reiterate that this test is done usually for establishing a viral etiology for consecutive recurrent spontaneous miscarriages. An IGM antibody significant titre suggests a recent infection and an IGG titre suggests a past infection.
After reviewing the reports I would gather that your wife has has a HSV and CMV infection in the past for which her body has produced a natural immune response. It is your treating physicians perspective and decision weather to give empirical anti-virals or not.
If your wife has any active lesions on the vulva or perineum, suggesting an active HSV 2 infection a swab followed by acyclovir would definately be necessary, this has to be noted during her next pregnancy especially in 3rd trimester as it would influence the mode of delivery.
Recent evidence does not suggest very definative causality of recurrent miscarriage and the TORCH titre if patient is clinically asymptomatic.
Her chances of future successful conception just on the basis of this report cannot be commented upon, it would also require other tests like APLA, HbA1C, vDRL, Karyotypic analysis etc. Most gynaecologists wait for 3 spontaneous miscarriages to initiate testing. Rest assured that more than 70-80 percent of women with 2 spontaneous miscarriages conceive normally and have good obstetric outcome.
I would suggest an additional folic acid tablet 3 months preconceptionally, which has good data on improving conception and reducing early pregnancy complications. Any testing for subfertility should start 1 year after unsuccessful attempt at conceiving. Having a healthy lifestyle, smoking cessation helps.