Congenital infections (mnemonic)

The group of the most common congenital infections are referred to by the mnemonic TORCH or STORCH. They usually cause mild maternal morbidity but are related to serious fetal consequences 4.

In cases where no serological, microbiological or immunological evidence of infection can be identified the term pseudo-TORCH has been used 5


There is a variation of this mnemonic that includes in utero syphilis infection:

Article information

rID: 5667
Tag: stub, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Congenital TORCH infections
  • S-TORCH infections
  • TORCH infection
  • STORCH infections

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: congenital CMV
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  • Case 2: congenital CMV
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  • Case 3
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