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What are the tests for fetal CMV infection?

What are the tests for fetal CMV infection?

Viral cultures, etc: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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


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I've heard different things. What exactly is fetal CMV infection?

I've heard different things. What exactly is fetal CMV infection?

Virus infection: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection of the unborn baby which can produce low birth weight, occasionally spontaneous abortion. It can also produce microcephaly (small brain size), jaundice and other severe changes in the newborn. This is a common virus which is often routinely screened for in pregnant women. ...Read more

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What are the tests for prenatal CMV infection?

What are the tests for prenatal CMV infection?

Viral cultures, etc: This form of infection is usually asymptomatic and is acquired at birth by passage through the birth canal or after birth by maternal milk. CMV can cause protracted interstitial pneumonia in premature infants. 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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of prenatal CMV infection?

What are the symptoms of prenatal CMV infection?

Usually asymptomatic: This form of infection is usually asymptomatic infection is acquired at birth by passage through the birth canal or after birth by maternal milk. CMV can cause protracted interstitial pneumonia in premature infants. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for prenatal CMV infection?

Hyperimmune Ig.: Infusion of hyperimmune anti-cmv immunoglobulin has been shown to improve outcomes from in utero CMV infection. Postnatal treatment is also warranted with antivirals. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Prenatal CMV infection?

What is the definition or description of: Prenatal CMV infection?

Prenatal CMV: When CMV seronegative mothers contract primary CMV infection during pregnancy, roughly 50% will transmit to the infection to the fetus. About 25% of the infected fetuses are then born with symptoms, which may include pneumonia, gastrointestinal, retinal and neurological disease. ...Read more

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Can a cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection cause intense rib and chest pain that lasts for up to 6 weeks?

Can a cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection cause intense rib and chest pain that lasts for up to 6 weeks?

Devil's grip?: I'm betting you had a concurrent coxsackie virus infection. It's infamous for doing this. Read up on "pleurodynia". Hope you're better soon. ...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. Julie Abbott
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Prenatal Cmv Infection (Definition)

When CMV seronegative mothers contract primary CMV infection during pregnancy, roughly 50% will transmit to the infection to the fetus. About 25% of the infected fetuses are then born with symptoms, which may include pneumonia, gastrointestinal, ...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