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Have IgG and IgM for CMV but PCR not detected. Pos rmsf IgM neg igg. Bands in CSF mri/white matter foci. Many symptoms possible ms.. No real answers?

Have IgG and IgM for CMV but PCR not detected. Pos rmsf IgM neg igg. Bands in CSF mri/white matter foci. Many symptoms possible ms.. No real answers?

Uncertainty: I am unclear as to what is really going on. Appears that you have immune activity in the central nervous system. You have some cross-reactivity in the serum for CMV and rickettsial infection. Don't think that need to add another disease to the picture. Best to discuss with your doctor or get a second opinion from another specialist. ...Read more

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Polymerase Chain Reaction (Definition)

Polymerase chain reaction is a method of finding a specific piece of dna and copying it over and over again until there is enough to study. The technique allows a scientist to detect very small amounts of dna in a swab sample then reproduce enough of it to study it. It is very sensisitive for detecting the presence of certain bacteria and is also used in doing other ...Read more


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Had HSV DNA PCR test with CSF? Negative. Also had HSV 1/2 antibody (IgM), IFA with reflex to Titer, CSF. Negative. Can I still have HSV 1 or 2?

Had HSV DNA PCR test with CSF?  Negative.  Also had HSV 1/2 antibody (IgM), IFA with reflex to Titer, CSF. Negative. Can I still have HSV 1 or 2?

No HSV in CNS: With these tests, you're obviously under a doctor's care, maybe including an infectious diseases specialist or neurologist. They can answer these questions best. But these results effectively rule out HSV infection of your central nervous system. Something else is causing the problem. That said, the HSV IgM test is notoriously unreliable. You probably also had an IgG test, probably negative. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: CSF culture?

What is the definition or description of: CSF culture?

Meningitis: In order to uncover the culprit in a case of meningitis, spinal fluid is obtained, and an attempt to grow the organism in the lab follows (culture). ...Read more

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What exactly is a CSF culture & what is its purpose? Is it difficult to perform and does it take longer than blood cultures for a result to come back?

What exactly is a CSF culture & what is its purpose? Is it difficult to perform and does it take longer than blood cultures for a result to come back?

Similar to blood: A CSF culture is when you take a sample of CSF (usually from a lumbar puncture which samples the CSF from the spinal canal in the lower back - so yes a bit more difficult to perform but still pretty routine) and culture it to see if there are bacteria (or sometimes viruses) growing in it, usually to look for meningitis. It takes the same amount of time as a blood culture (48 hours). ...Read more

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Why would someone need an enterovirus culture?

Why would someone  need an enterovirus culture?

Viral cultures: Enteroviruses, such as coxsackie, echo, and polio, replicate in the gastrointestinal track and may cause fever and vague GI symptoms. More serious disease can occur if the virus spread to the central nervous system (causing viral meningitis or even poliomyelitis) or heart (causing myocarditis). The stool, cerebrospinal fluid and heart tissue can be cultured for this group of viruses. ...Read more

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I think I have the enterovirus because I have a cold in the summer. Is this likely the case?

I think I have the enterovirus because I have a cold in the summer. Is this likely the case?

Not enterovirus: Enteroviruses usually cause diarrhea or other intestinal complaints. Other classes of viruses like rhinovirus and adenovirus cause respiratory complaints in the summer. ...Read more

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How serious is enterovirus 68 and is there a test for it?

How serious is enterovirus 68 and is there a test for it?

Depends: Enterovirus 68 has gotten a lot of press recently. It has been causing outbreaks of severe respiratory disease, mainly limited to children with asthma or other respiratory problems. There is no specific treatment, but supportive care is very effective. Fortunately, the fatality rate from the virus is very low with proper supportive care. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

It depends: Fungal meningitis is bad stuff, tough to treat successfully, but usually deadly if not treated. Herpes encephalitis can cause severe disability and/or death and should be aggressively treated as early as possible. Other viral meningitis cases could potentially resolve successfully even without medication, and are often not even clearly diagnosed initially. ...Read more

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I think I caught an enterovirus from my baby girl. Head is pounding and temp is 99.7. Can I expect it to be milder for me than it was for her?

I think I caught an enterovirus from my baby girl. Head is pounding and temp is 99.7. Can I expect it to be milder for me than it was for her?

Entero virus inf.: Usually it is sfae to say that infections in babies are worse than in adults. The baby dos not have the same ability to fight of infections and generally have a rougher course.. Entero viruses are usually self limiting in adults but in babies it can be quite serious including affecting their heart or brain and various other body systems including the liver or kidney and sometimes can be fatal. ...Read more

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Son has fever above 102 for 3 days, not many other symptoms, just lethargic.took him to dr, they say viral..was in hosp 2 wks ago for enterovirus?

Son has fever above 102 for 3 days, not many other symptoms, just lethargic.took him to dr, they say viral..was in hosp 2 wks ago for enterovirus?

Viral infections: Viral infections are common in children. Biggest issue is the continued Fever Phobia we have - belief the fever is harmful. It is not - it is how the body kills infection. Viral treatment is rest, fluids, and as needed Tylenol/motrin for pain/fever discomfort. Most improve by five days - some can break out into rash at end of infection. Keep close eye and tell your MD if any major changes. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/bacterial-and-viral-infections?page=2 ...Read more

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What sicknesses are associated with coxsackie virus and enterovirus 71?

What sicknesses are associated with coxsackie virus and enterovirus 71?

Coxsachie: Group a coxsackieviruses tend to infect the skin and mucous membranes, causing herpangina, acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, and hand foot and mouth disease coxachie b cardiomyopathy entro 17 produces nervous system disorders and hand foot mouth disease though milder cases may cause diarrhea or be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about enterovirus 68? And what precautions I need to take with my 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old?

Can you tell me about enterovirus 68? And what precautions I need to take with my 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old?

Enteroviral D68: Best to check out the CDC website for uptodate information. It is a respiratory illness and is air borne. The best you can do is to avoid public gatherings or anyone sick. Follow up with a physician for any worrisome symptoms for supportive care. All the best and I hope they stay well. ...Read more

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I think I have enterovirus- headache, mild congestion, localized rash on belly that lasted two days.Should I get tested to see if this is what I have?

I think I have enterovirus- headache, mild congestion, localized rash on belly that lasted two days.Should I get tested to see if this is what I have?

Diarrhea???: You forgot the main symptom of enter overall infection---- ie GI symptoms. Anyway, testing for it will not change course of action and management. Sounds like some sort of viral infection ( even if not enterovirus!). All viral illnesses run 7-10 day course--- with or without treatment. Just keep yourself well hydrated. ...Read more

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Turns out baby girl has enterovirus. Is this contagious before symptoms appear?

Turns out baby girl has enterovirus. Is this contagious before symptoms appear?

Enterovirus: Most likely the virus was shedding before the symptoms appeared. At this point, good hand washing is best way to avoid spread. ...Read more

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Pcr (Definition)

Polymerase chain reaction is used in molecular biology to amplify copies of dna. It is used in dna cloning for sequencing, functional analysis of genes, identification of genetic finger prints, diagnosis of hereditary ...Read more


Cerebrospinal Fluid (Definition)

The fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord provides an exchange pathway and balancing system for brain and spinal cord metabolism, besides a cushioning system for routine impacts of our ...Read more