Pseudo-TORCH syndrome

Last revised by Johny Bollipo on 22 Apr 2020

Pseudo-TORCH syndrome is a term used to denote cases that clinically resemble congenital infection (see congenital TORCH infections) but where no organisms or serological, microbiological or immunological evidence of infection can be identified 1. It is now believed that pseudo-TORCH syndrome is actually Aicardi-Goutières syndrome 2.  

Radiographic features

  • basal ganglia calcifications
  • periventricular calcifications
  • progressive demyelination in cerebrum and cerebellum


  • Pleocytosis
  • Increase CSF alpha interferon

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