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Can cytomegalovirus infections be fatal?

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 more

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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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Are the elderly more acceptable to cytomegalovirus infections?

Are the elderly more acceptable to cytomegalovirus infections?

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 more

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Will hygiene improve the chances of avoiding cytomegalovirus infections?

Will hygiene improve the chances of avoiding cytomegalovirus infections?

May be: By age 22 you probably already have been infected with cmv. If you are so inclined, you could get tested to see if you have been exposed to the virus. CMV is ubiquitous and harmless in healthy people. ...Read more

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I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to complications with cytomegalovirus infections?

I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to complications with cytomegalovirus infections?

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 more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections be transmitted to my family members?

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 more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Depends: Serious complications such as sensorineural hearing loss and developmental delay are often noted in infants born to mothers who developed primary CMV infection (first time) during her pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

Likely Not: Only if you also have an immunodeficiency on top of the autoimmune disease. It might also depend on the type of autoimmune disease. Speak with your rheumatologist and consider seeing an immunologist. ...Read more

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I have an organ transplant, am I more susceptible to complications with cytomegalovirus infections?

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 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

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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