Volume 16 - Issue 10 - October 2008

The range of infections that can be transmitted between the mother and fetus during the perinatal period includes infections that are bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal. Such infections may be contracted while the fetus is in utero, during delivery or in the postnatal period. Congenital infections that are acquired in utero often have more lasting sequelae, but the possibility does exist for perinatal transmission resulting in permanent disability. TORCHS is an acronym for the most common and devastating congenital infections and stands for: Toxoplasmosis, Other (HIV and Varicella Zost