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Does Cytomegalovirus Cause Pneumonia
Primary infection: If a women acquires CMV infection during pregnancy, the virus infects the fetus and causes severe injury to multiple organs and may cause fetal death. If a woman get CMV infections, as most of us do during childhood, and becomes pregnant later, the fetus is not affected, even though the virus persists in the body of the woman for the rest of her life. ...Read more
Can a cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection cause intense rib and chest pain that lasts for up to 6 weeks?
Yes: I can only relate to vestibular neuritis and yes it is virtually always a viral infection of the vestibular nerve or the ganglion cells of the vestibular nerve. Cytomegalovirus is one of the viruses that can cause this. It is usually a self limited disease and there is no specific treatment except for symptomatic relief. ...Read more
My VCA IgG is 1:640, EBV IgG is 1:160, and cytomegalovirus IgG is 4.32, can this cause horrible fatigue, body pains and weight loss?
Need IGM values: The IGG levels mean nothing by themselves. You need to know if the IGM is positive. It is the IGM that indicates active disease. ...Read more
Depends : Lab values and their clinical implications (how it may indicate infection or disease) varies from lab to lab. It also has different meaning based on the health and age of the patient. Most of us are infected by CMV by adulthood. CMV infection is dangerous to unborn babies and immunosuppressed (on chemotherapy) or immunocompromised (HIV) patients where it can cause brain @ retina (eye) infections. ...Read more
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
Pl review article: This is a big question. Congenital CMV can lead to fetal anomalies and in some cases go unidentified and very mild in presentation. http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html This is a viral infection that a pregnant mother can get and then pass it intrauterine to the fetus and then the future newborn baby with varying severity. Please be aware that all manifestations need not be present at all. ...Read more
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