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Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! but there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Cmv Brain Infection (Definition)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus member of the Herpes virus family. In immunocompetent people infection is generally asymptomatic or you can have a mononucleosis type syndrome. In immunodeficient people or in young infants, it can cause severe infection, including CMV meningitis, which is an infection of the tissue surrounding the brain or CMV encephalitis, which refers to ...Read more


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Is there any other way of a getting trichomoniasis other than sex; example weak immune system from sinus infections, staph infections?

Is there any other way of a getting trichomoniasis other than sex; example weak immune system from sinus infections, staph infections?

See answer: Trichomoniasis, a parasite, is almost always passed on sexually. Trichomoniasis can also survive on infected objects like sheets, towels, underwear, and sex toys and can be transmitted by sharing them, though this mode of transmission is quite unusual. A weakened immune system may increase your susceptibility to this or any other STD. Although symptoms vary, most men and women are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

no: Ganciclovir, foscarnet, Cidofovir remain only fda approved treatment. ...Read more

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Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

CMV retinitis/enceph: CMV is a virus that we're infected with usually before adulthood. Once infected it stays latent w/in us ; our immune system keeps it in check. If our immune system is altered (w/hiv, or transplant treated w/meds suppressing immunity) virus reactivates ; causes problems. This is a serious infection that needs specific therapy. You need to see an id specialist. If you havent been, test for hiv. ...Read more

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Will an MRI scan show up any form of cancer, bacterial or viral infection? Mri - brain, spine & pelvis. Had pnuemonia. Can't find infection. Autoimmu?

Will an MRI scan show up any form of cancer, bacterial or viral infection? Mri - brain, spine & pelvis. Had pnuemonia. Can't find infection. Autoimmu?

Not that likely: I think you are putting too much faith in MRI scans while they are certainly helpful in many cases there are certainly things that are not seen at all well with mri. ...Read more

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Why does HIV cause such a devastating infection to the immune system?

Why does HIV cause such a devastating infection to the immune system?

Good question: Because the target of its growth and impairment are elements of our immune system. If you can figure out why and exactly how it does this and evades our immunity you may become very famous and wealthy. ...Read more

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Tooth infection on antibiotics no improvement chance of septacmia or brain infection?

Tooth infection on antibiotics no improvement chance of septacmia or brain infection?

See your dentist: Any other treatment is a temporary relief. A tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head, brain and neck. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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What are the tests for CMV brain infection?

What are the tests for CMV brain 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. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses. ...Read more

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Does a fungal infection means weak immune system?

Does a fungal infection means weak immune system?

possibly: Anyone can get an occasional bout of ringworm, athlete's foot, or vaginal yeast infection. Certain things like total parenteral nutrition (TPN) can predispose to blood stream fungal infections. These situations are normal. Invasive, frequent/recurrent, or difficult to treat fungal infections are very frequently a sign of a weakened immune system. If you are concerned, see a clinical immunologist. ...Read more

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Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Thyroid function?: If your thyroid function is normal , then there should be no problem with your immune system. Even if the thyroid function were low, the immune function is not usually impaired. ...Read more

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Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

Will an acute ear infection in an adult with an avarage immune system cause meningitis?

Extremely unlikely: Even though theoretically, severe and chronic ear infection involving bone erosion leading to brain involvement, I have yet heard of one. As for acute ear infection, the risk is likely zero. ...Read more

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Do fungal infections cross the blood-brain barrier?

Do fungal infections cross the blood-brain barrier?

They can: While the blood-brain barrier is a critical regulator of interaction between the blood stream and the brain, it cannot keep everything "out". Many infections, including fungal can spread to involve the brain. Some very serious fungal infections commonly involve the brain (central nervous system-cns). ...Read more

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Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture, or lp, is the best and most sensitive way to diagnose meningitis. Ct scans do not always show evidence of CNS infections. ...Read more

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In what way is fungal encephalitis different from viral encephalitis?

In what way is fungal encephalitis different from viral encephalitis?

Encephalitis: There is a big difference between the two as in one the cause is a fungal infection which can be extremely serious. The other is a viral infection and these are likely to be easier to treat with IV medications. ...Read more

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Does repeated use (4-5x year) of antibiotics (recurrent tooth infection for 5 years) damage one's health or weaken immune system? Clindamycin mostly.

Does repeated use (4-5x year) of antibiotics (recurrent tooth infection for 5 years) damage one's health or weaken immune system? Clindamycin mostly.

Definitive Care: You need definitive dental care. An infection that recurs every three months for the past five years is obviously not going away with just antibiotics. Please see a dentist. Overuse of antibiotics can result in resistant strains and super infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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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


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more