X rays and pregnancy | TORCH test | Presence of IgG antibodies but
not IgM antibodies
(posted on September 24, 2010) :
for twice before. (First time in June 2009, second time in November
time there was no growth in the fetus, so had medical abortion as
suggested by the doctor.
time, doctor said that the heartbeat of the fetus has stopped.
D & C second time.
miscarriages happened at the 3rd month of the pregnancy.
am planning to get pregnant.
consulted a gynecologist.
few tests, TORCH test, Thyroid test, antiphospholipid and antibodies
test and normal blood tests.
results are fine except the TORCH test and hemoglobin percentage.
written like Rubella Igg - positive, Rubella IGM - negative, Cytomegalovirus
IgG - positive, Cytomegalovirus IgM - negative and hemoglobin percentage
said those will not affect the pregnancy.
a bit nervous.
a dentist. I heard that exposing to X rays will affect the pregnancy.
Is it true?
you please suggest?
does the TORCH test report indicates.
suggest for a healthy pregnancy next time.
to the American Academy of Family Physicians, x-rays are generally
safe during pregnancy, but there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding
dental x-rays there is hardly any exposure to any part of the body
except the teeth.
examinations on the arms, legs, or chest do not expose your reproductive
organs to the direct beam. However, x-rays of the torso, such as the
abdomen, stomach, pelvis, lower back and kidneys, have a greater chance
of exposure to the uterus.
to the American College of Radiology, no single diagnostic x-ray has
a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effects in a
developing embryo or fetus. Some common diagnostic procedures include
dental, chest, CT scan (head/chest), and abdominal view.
radiation is the kind of electromagnetic radiation produced by x-ray
machines, radioactive isotopes (radionuclides), and radiation therapy
is potential for the embryo or fetus to be exposed during the diagnostic
or therapeutic procedures for women who are pregnant and have x rays,
fluoroscopy, or radiation therapy or are administered liquid radioactive
first two weeks post conception or the second two weeks from the last
menstrual period, the embryo is very resistant to the malforming effects
of x rays. The embryo is, however, sensitive to the lethal effects
of x rays, although doses much higher than 5 rad or 50 mSv are necessary
to cause a miscarriage.
the third to the eighth week of pregnancy, the embryo is in the period
of early embryonic development but is not affected with , either birth
defects, pregnancy loss, or growth retardation unless the exposure
is substantially above the 20 rad (200 mSv) exposure.
a diagnostic x-ray study is of the head, teeth, chest, arms, neck,
or legs at a qualified facility, the radiation exposure is not to
the embryo or ovaries.
x-ray studies that may involve direct radiation exposure of the developing
embryo include :
rays of the back (lumbar spine) for evaluating a lower back pain or
a nerve route pain
(b) Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) to examine kidney function
(c) Upper GI series for evaluation of gastrointestinal symptoms
(d) Lower GI series (barium enema) to examine the structure and function
of the large intestine
(e) X-ray studies of bladder function
(f) X-ray studies of the gallbladder and gallbladder function
(g) X-ray studies of the structure and function of the uterus and
tubes with the procedure known as a hysterosalpingogram (HSP)
(h) X-ray studies of the pelvis and hips due to hip pain, and
(i) standard abdominal x rays.
of the dose received from these procedures, each woman must realize
that when she begins a pregnancy she has a reproductive risk (referred
to as background risks) of 3 percent for major birth defects and 15
percent for miscarriage. These risks change depending on the family
history of the mother and her own reproductive history.
test measures the presence of antibodies (protein molecules produced
by the human immune system in response to a specific disease agent)
and their level of concentration in the blood.
of the test comes from the initial letters of the five disease categories:
Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
test, also known as the TORCH panel, determines whether you have any
infectious disease in your body as well as the concentration level
of the virus in your blood stream.
an initial level test, the TORCH panel can let you know if you have
an occurrence of a past infection, an on-going infection, or whether
you have never been exposed to the infection at all.
after this test is done, if the results are positive, then you will
be asked to take particular tests to be doubly sure you have that
test specifically detects the following infections:
from that, this test can also detect infections like syphilis and
also known as the German Measles, is typically a childhood disease
that is mild. However, in pregnancy, when the mother has rubella,
there are a number of problems that may occur.
have rubella in the first trimester, you have about a 25% risk of
having a birth defect, known as congenital rubella syndrome. The defects
* hearing loss
* Mental retardation
* Eye deformities
of IgG antibodies but not IgM antibodies indicates a history of past
exposure to the virus or vaccination and indicates that the person
tested should be immune to the rubella virus.