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Can Cytomegalovirus Infections Be Fatal
Cytomegalovirus: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses.. CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Cmv can cause serious disease in people with a weakened immune system and in such instances could be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes & no: While the elderly can be vulnerable to any new viral infection most are immune from having it in childhood. The most vulnerable group are fetuses who get infected when their mothers get their primary infection during pregnancy. This can result in an infant who has major organ damage, brain damage & progressive hearing loss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetes and CMV: If your diabetes is well controlled, your immune system functions well, and you will be able to fight CMV effectively. However, if you have poorly controlled diabetes, you may be more susceptible to certain infections, such as cmv. Work with your primary doctor and/or endocrinologist to optimize your blood sugar control, and control of your blood pressure and cholesterol. Eat a healthy diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope: Immune-compromised patients are.Get a more detailed answer ›
Rarely: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a herpes family virus, which is often passed by direct contact. The most common form is infectious mononucleolsis which is caused by CMV infection -- and it is passed by direct physical contact. So, it depends what the type of disease you have and what their immune system is like. In general, nearly 80% of people have immunity to cmv, which means they have been exposed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Especially after chemo.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have an organ transplant, am I more susceptible to complications with cytomegalovirus infections?
Yes: Any patient receiving immunosuppressive drugs is more susceptible to acquiring a new CMV infection or reactivating a latent (prior) CMV infection. Speak with your transplant team about your status and what is being done to minimize your risk of getting cmv. Fortunately there are good preventive agents today. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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