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Cytomegalovirus Cmv Genotype
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common: Docs can only post 400 characters in their responses i.e. too long a subject to discuss in this forum. Most people just have a short lived viral syndrome. Here is some information from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/overview.html ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not that easy: Infants/children with CMV shed the virus (sometimes for months) in their body fluids such as urine and saliva. You need to have direct contact with these fluids to become infected. Less than one in five parents whose children have CMV become infected over the course of a year. If you have already been infected with CMV yourself, you cannot get re-infected. ...Read more
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
If you treat a cytomegalovirus infection for example taking oral valgacyclovir, will the CMV antibody count lower?
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