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How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

CMV: from being asymptomatic to death hearing loss vision loss mental disability seizures lack of coordination are some of the other permanent disabilities ...Read more

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I have congenital CMV infection is it genetic?

I have congenital CMV infection is it genetic?

No: This is not passed through the genes.It is caused if a woman develops a CMV infection while pregnant, passing it to baby during the process. ...Read more

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Congenital CMV infection --can it be a problem?

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

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Can you tell me what congenital cytomegalovirus is?

Can you tell me what congenital cytomegalovirus is?

Pl review article: This is a big question. Congenital CMV can lead to fetal anomalies and in some cases go unidentified and very mild in presentation. http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html This is a viral infection that a pregnant mother can get and then pass it intrauterine to the fetus and then the future newborn baby with varying severity. Please be aware that all manifestations need not be present at all. ...Read more

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How is CMV diagnosed?

How is CMV diagnosed?

Viral culture: Antibody testing for CMV is not useful. The only way to really diagnose CMV infection is to detect it in bodily fluids by viral culture. ...Read more

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How dangerous is cmv?

How dangerous is cmv?

Depends: CMV (cytomegalovirus) infection in children and young adults with intact immune system is usually a trivial infection. However, pregnant mother becomes infected the first time, the virus infects her fetus. Sensorineural hearing loss and developmental delay are common sequelae following congenital CMV infection. ...Read more

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What are the effects of CMV on the baby?

What are the effects of CMV on the baby?

Varies: Vast majority will have no symptoms with maternal infection and do fine. Of babies who do have congenital infection they may have low birth weight, rash, small head size, enlarged liver or spleen reaction, seizures, small head size, retardation, inflamed retina (eye) and vision loss or may seem fine at birth but present late with hearing loss, coordination problems or retardation. ...Read more

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Can I have a baby if I have cmv?

Can I have a baby if I have cmv?

Most can: Most women have CMV in childhood and develop protective antibodies that will prevent problems during later pregnancies. If you have CMV as a non-pregnant adult, you will also develop antibodies that protect you/baby later. The scary time is if you get CMV for the first time while you are pregnant, as this can injure baby. ...Read more

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Is my unborn baby protected from cmv?

Is my unborn baby protected from cmv?

Depends on situation: The most burdensome problems with CMV occur when a mom gets infected during pregnancy & the virus gets into the baby during the blood phase of mom's illness. If mom had it as a child, she likely has protective antibodies that will prevent this from occurring.If tests prior to pregnancy show you cmv+, then its unlikely your kid will get it.If cmv-, avoid exposures to little kids that could have it. ...Read more