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Infection Of Fetus With Cytomegalovirus
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
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
Yes & no: While the elderly can be vulnerable to any new viral infection most are immune from having it in childhood. The most vulnerable group are fetuses who get infected when their mothers get their primary infection during pregnancy. This can result in an infant who has major organ damage, brain damage & progressive hearing loss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
50-80%: More than half the people have been infected with CMV and carry the virus in their white blood cells. Some people experience a mono like illness at initial infection. Among adults, usually only immunosuppressed people get the disease due to infection. Primary infection in the mother, while pregnant, can have devastating consequences for the fetus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They often do: If a woman never had a CMV infection prior to pregnancy, she is susceptible.Since the infection is often dismissed as a mild flu in adults, a mom may experience it during pregnancy, transmit it to the fetus & never know either had it until baby shown up with features of a congenital infection. If acquired late in pregnancy, the child may show few signs other than progressive hearing loss. ...Read more
What is the likelihood that my child will be born premature if I have a cytomegalovirus infection?
Unlikely, but...: CMV infections are often asymptomatic in mothers and if acquired for the first time early in pregnancy, may in some cases lead to serious newborn effects. The majority of children of CMV + moms will be asymptomatic or unaffected, but about 10% will have a certain tye of hearing loss, dental problems and/or temporary infalmmation of the eye. If you have acute CMV during pregnancy, confer with a maternal fetal medicine specialist about potential interventions to protect the unborn baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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