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What are the tests for CMV encephalitis?

What are the tests for CMV encephalitis?

PCR testing.: 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. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses. ...Read more

Dr. Tatiana Falcone
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Encephalitis (Definition)

The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more


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If I develop CMV encephalitis, how will it be treated?

If I develop CMV encephalitis, how will it be treated?

A specialized drug: CMV encephalitis is rare and usually associated with immune impairment from a lot of different causes. A drug called gancyclovir can be effective at treating this infection. ...Read more

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How can you treat cytomegalovirus (cmv)?

How can you treat  cytomegalovirus (cmv)?

Depends: There's no cure for cmv, and treatment for the virus generally isn't necessary or recommended for healthy children and adults. But if you are immunocompromised due to HIV or treatment after organ transplantation, you may need an antiviral med, such as ganciclovir, depending on where the infection is. ...Read more

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Have I spread cytomegalovirus (cmv) to my baby?

Have I spread cytomegalovirus (cmv) to my baby?

Primary infection: The mother who somehow avoided CMV in her own childhood is susceptible to a primary infection at any time. If this is experianced during pregnancy, it can be passed to baby & the effect can be negligible or major, depending on the point in pregnancy & the fetus. ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant if I have cytomegalovirus (cmv)?

Can I get pregnant if I have cytomegalovirus (cmv)?

Yes: CMV infections are not uncommon. Many adults will show past infection with CMV which they probably interpretted as a bad cold-like illness. CMV infections can reactivate but as i said they are actually quite common in the general population. ...Read more

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Is CMV (cytomegalovirus) really that big a deal? Or is it only a big deal if you're pregnant?

Is CMV (cytomegalovirus) really that big a deal? Or is it only a big deal if you're pregnant?

Depends: Most have this as a benign viral illness in childhood. They develop antibodies to it and if normal, never need to worry about it. If you get it for the FIRST time while pregnant, it can pass to the fetus and cause a variety of problems from deafness to brain damage. It is from a family of viruses that hibernate in your body and can make you sick later if you are ever immune suppressed. ...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 to know if cytomegalovirus (cmv) infections are marked by a decrease of neutrophils?

Lymphocytosis: CMV infection is associated with increase in lymphocytes. That may reduce the relative number or percentage of neutrophils but usually does not decrease the absolute number. ...Read more

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Are cytomegalovirus (cmv) infections diagnosed by a culture and decrease of neutrophils?

CMV culture: CMV is usually diagnosed with a blood test ; CMV IgM and igg. CMV viral culture can also be done on the urine as well. Low neutrophils occur in many conditions and are not diagnostic of CMV alone. ...Read more

Dr. John Botti
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Cmv Infection (Definition)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is an illness caused by infection with the cytomegalovirus. The virus can infect a wide range of organs, including the eyes, the digestive tract, ...Read more


Dr. Peter Ihle
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Cmv Brain Infection (Definition)

Encephalitis is irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the brain most often due ...Read more