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