Monday, 28 July 2014

Extended torch

The acronym listed as TORCHES, for TOxoplasmosis, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, HErpes simplex, Syphilis.

A further expansion of this acronym, CHEAPTORCHES, was proposed by Ford-Jones and Kellner in 1995

C – Chickenpox and shingles
H – Hepatitis B, C, (D), E
E – Enteroviruses
A – AIDS (HIV infection)
P – Parvovirus B19
T – Toxoplasmosis / Toxoplasma gondii
O – Other (Group B Streptococcus, Listeria, Candida, Lyme disease)
R – Rubella
C – Cytomegalovirus
H – Herpes simplex
E – Everything else sexually transmitted (Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Human papillomavirus)
S – Syphilis

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