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What is the best way to treat acute cytomegalovirus infection?

What is the best way to treat acute cytomegalovirus infection?

Usually no need to: Treat. Most people have had CMV infection and in otherwise healthy people, it may cause, at worst, a flu like illness and does not need treatment. If a person has other complicating issues, especially immune deficiency then it would need the expertise of an infectious disease expert. It is not a do-it-yourself issue. ...Read more

Dr. John Botti
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Cmv Infection (Definition)

CMV= cytomegalovirus, a virus in the herpesvirus family that can infect anyone. CMV is spread by direct contact of body fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. CMV infection can have a wide range of symptoms from no symptoms to symptoms of fever and fatigue (resembling infectious mononucleosis) to severe symptoms involving brain, ...Read more


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Is there anything i can do about acute cytomegalovirus infection?

Is there anything i can do about acute cytomegalovirus infection?

CME: no treatment is currently recommended in healthy individuals whose immune systems are normal. Antiviral drugs are recommended in patients with depressed immunity who have either sight related or life threatening illness due to CMV infection. For more information log onto CDC.gov and search for CMV ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get cytomegalovirus infection?

Do a lot of people get cytomegalovirus infection?

50-80%: More than half the people have been infected with CMV and carry the virus in their white blood cells. Some people experience a mono like illness at initial infection. Among adults, usually only immunosuppressed people get the disease due to infection. Primary infection in the mother, while pregnant, can have devastating consequences for the fetus. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cytomegalovirus infection?

Yes: This is not a very infectious organism. It requires a host that is immunusupressed in some way. More likely in uncontrolled diabetics, aids patients and cancer patients on chemo. With a normal immune system infection is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cytomegalovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get cytomegalovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Pretty common: Most people have been exposed to the virus, but it generally only causes serious side effects in pregnant women (well on their unborn babies), young babies or immunocompromised individuals (those undergoing transplants, those who have cancer). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cytomegalovirus infection?

What is the treatment for cytomegalovirus infection?

CMV: Most infections are subclinical and/or self-limited and do not require treatment. Ganciclovir is generally reserved for infections in the immune suppressed person. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that my child will be born premature if I have a cytomegalovirus infection?

Unlikely, but...: CMV infections are often asymptomatic in mothers and if acquired for the first time early in pregnancy, may in some cases lead to serious newborn effects. The majority of children of CMV + moms will be asymptomatic or unaffected, but about 10% will have a certain tye of hearing loss, dental problems and/or temporary infalmmation of the eye. If you have acute CMV during pregnancy, confer with a maternal fetal medicine specialist about potential interventions to protect the unborn baby. ...Read more

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Can a cytomegalovirus infection cause infertility?

Can a cytomegalovirus infection cause infertility?

CMV and Fertility: While CMV can increase the risk for birth defects, it does not affect the ability to conceive. Cmv positive blood tests are quite common. Take the details for a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility for advice. ...Read more

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How long should a fever last with cytomegalovirus infection?

How long should a fever last with cytomegalovirus infection?

About 2-6 weeks.: Transmission of CMV may not even involve any symptoms, let alone fever. If it does occur, clinical illness from cmv, which is most commonly manifested by mononucleosis in normal hosts beyond the neonatal periode, lasts 2-6 weeks, and can include prolonged high fevers, chills, malaise, and fatigue. ...Read more

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If you treat a cytomegalovirus infection, does the antibody count lower?

If you treat a cytomegalovirus infection, does the antibody count lower?

Not likely: CMV hardly ever needs treatment. The exceptions are infection in newborns and those with immune deficiency. Treatment is not likely to affect antibody titers. ...Read more

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Which is the treatment or anti-biotic for cytomegalovirus infection?

Which is the treatment or anti-biotic for cytomegalovirus infection?

Usually no treatment: Most of the time no treatment is needed. No antibiotics are effective against cmv. Antiviral drugs are used in exceptional circumstances. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cmv/ds00938. ...Read more

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When you treat a cytomegalovirus infection, does the CMV antibody count lower?

When you treat a cytomegalovirus infection, does the CMV antibody count lower?

Sort of: The body has different antibodies in response to any infection. The IgM antibodies usually rise during an active infection and are a sign that the body is fighting something. The igg antibodies are indicators of long term immunity and those remain elevated for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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How should I treat CMV infection?

How should I treat CMV infection?

You do not: Vast majority of the CMV infections are sub-clinical, i.e., without signs or symptoms. Why do you want to treat CMV infection? If CMV infection needs treatment, the patient has other serious health issues and it is not something you would treat yourself for. ...Read more

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What are the tests for CMV infection?

What are the tests for CMV infection?

Blood and urine: Blood for CMV antibodies: IgM and igg and urine culture. Often a metabolic profile is done to look at the liver functions and a blood count to look at the white cell response. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of CMV infection?

What are the symptoms of CMV infection?

Varied: CMV can present like a common cold or like mono with fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes, even abnormal liver functions. In newborns it can be very problematic with many symptoms or it can be totally asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What happens to my child as a result of CMV infection?

It depends: According to the match of dimes "cmv is the most common congenital (present at birth) infection in the United States. Each year, about 40, 000 babies are born with CMV infection. Luckily, the virus does not harm most of them. But about 4, 000 of these babies develop mental retardation, learning disabilities, hearing loss, vision loss, or other disabilities as a result of CMV infection. ". ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: CMV infection?

What is the definition or description of: CMV infection?

CMV infection: CMV= cytomegalovirus, a virus in the herpesvirus family that can infect anyone. CMV is spread by direct contact of body fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. CMV infection can have a wide range of symptoms from no symptoms to symptoms of fever and fatigue (resembling infectious mononucleosis) to severe symptoms involving brain, eyes and other organs. ...Read more

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What are the tests for prenatal CMV infection?

What are the tests for prenatal CMV infection?

Viral cultures, etc: This form of infection is usually asymptomatic and is acquired at birth by passage through the birth canal or after birth by maternal milk. CMV can cause protracted interstitial pneumonia in premature infants. The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes. These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Congenital CMV infection --can it be a problem?

Yes, major problem: CMV infection in utero can be fatal or leave the infant with numerous deficiencies, some of which may be life-threatening. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more