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What is cytomegalovirus?

What is cytomegalovirus?

CMV cytomegalovirus: CMV is a common virus that is part of the family of herpes viruses. It infects most people at some point in their lives. It can be spread to children through body fluids like saliva, tears, urine, blood, and even breast milk. It is often transmitted during diaper changes, while bathing, and during other close contact. Teenagers and adults transmit the virus through kissing and sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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Cmv Infection (Definition)

CMV= cytomegalovirus, a virus in the herpesvirus family that can infect anyone. CMV is spread by direct contact of body fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. CMV infection can have a wide range of symptoms from no symptoms to symptoms of fever and fatigue (resembling infectious mononucleosis) to severe symptoms involving brain, ...Read more


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What does cytomegalovirus look like?

What does cytomegalovirus look like?

Image at right: The CMV is visible under an electron microscope in infected tissue & the loaded image represents an artist depiction. Cited from: www.Nist.Gov/mml/biochemical/genetics/cytomegalovirus_srm.Cfm. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what congenital cytomegalovirus is?

Can you tell me what congenital cytomegalovirus is?

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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What if cytomegalovirus IgG is 11.29 in torch test.?

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What if cytomegalovirus IgG is 11.29 in torch test.?

Prior exposure: Given ubiquity of cmv, elevated igg titer may merely means the host had an exposure (infection) in the past. Igm titer rises even after reactivation of cmv. Detection of the virus from the target organ would be more meaningful. ...Read more

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What is the cytomegalovirus?

What is the cytomegalovirus?

A DNA virus: Of the herpesviridae family. Very common and usually asymptomatic, unless infects immunocompromised hosts when it becomes a pathogen. Similar to other herpes viruses, primary infection results in establishment of a persistent/latent infection with reactivation in response to different stimuli. See http://www.Cdc.G. ...Read more

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What does a cytomegalovirus of 3.22 mean?

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

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My rubella IgG results are 88.31 what does that mean? My toxoplasma IgG 91.50 what does mean? Cytomegalovirus IgG is 16.08 what does mean?

My rubella IgG results are 88.31 what does that mean?
My toxoplasma IgG 91.50 what does mean?
Cytomegalovirus IgG is 16.08 what does mean?

Quite high numbers..: But the igg antibodies for these infections shows you've been infected in the past but doesn't tell us when. Igm antibody + suggests active or quite recent infection. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is cytomegalovirus (c.M.V.) infection?

What kind of condition is cytomegalovirus (c.M.V.) infection?

CMV: This is a virus with is very common and causes disease such as mononucleosus type diseases, serious lung or brain infections in some people who can't fight it because of suppressed immune systems. It is treatable with special antiviral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cytomegalovirus infection?

What is the treatment for cytomegalovirus infection?

CMV: Most infections are subclinical and/or self-limited and do not require treatment. Ganciclovir is generally reserved for infections in the immune suppressed person. ...Read more

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My grandpa has human cytomegalovirus. What are the chances that i caught this by simply kissing him on the lips?

My grandpa has human cytomegalovirus. What are the chances that i caught this by simply kissing him on the lips?

~everybody gets it: Almost everybody gets CMV and can from infancy up until old age.It is not recurrent like a cold, but it is so common in the gereral population you can be exposed almost anywhere.Any shopping cart,door knob,counter top, railing, etc could hold the virus long enough that you get exposed. Innocently wiping your face can transfer it to your mouth where it enters to infect you. ...Read more

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Cytomegalovirus and sick baby link?

Cytomegalovirus and sick baby link?

Please start over: CMV is a common germ that will infect most of the population at some point.It can produce damage to a fetus if the mother has her infection with it during pregnancy.If infected in late pregnancy or early infancy it can produce deafness.For most who have it in childhood it is a mild mono like illness. Your submission did not ask a clear question.If this info doesn't help,please re-submit ...Read more

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Describe the features of cytomegalovirus.?

Describe the features of cytomegalovirus.?

Many: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has many manifestations. Some of the symptoms depend upon age and some based on underlying health. Two groups are particularly vulnerable: babies and immunocomprimised patients. Any body part can be affected; teens and adults typically show fatigue, fever, stomach ache, swollen glands, or even no symptoms. Babies can suffer develpmental problems, hearing and vision problems. ...Read more

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How can you treat cytomegalovirus (cmv)?

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 more

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Why does cytomegalovirus causes abortions?

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

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Have I spread cytomegalovirus (cmv) to my baby?

Have I spread cytomegalovirus (cmv) to my baby?

Primary infection: The mother who somehow avoided CMV in her own childhood is susceptible to a primary infection at any time. If this is experianced during pregnancy, it can be passed to baby & the effect can be negligible or major, depending on the point in pregnancy & the fetus. ...Read more

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Can a fetus acquire cytomegalovirus without knowing?

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

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Can you tell me more about cytomegalovirus(cmv) positive?

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

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I've been diagnosed with cytomegalovirus. I've been put on medication called valavir. How likely am i to pass it to my partner?

I've been diagnosed with cytomegalovirus. I've been put on medication called valavir. How likely am i to pass it to my partner?

Possible but...: Given the ubiquitous nature of cmv, the chance for an adult to get symptomatic CMV infection is pretty small ( most adult are immune because of previous exposure). If you happen to be pregnant, the possibility of transmission of the virus to the fetus is real though. ...Read more

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Is cytomegalovirus always connected to hiv? Please advise!

Is cytomegalovirus always connected to hiv? Please advise!

OK: CMV is a common infection in people who have HIV. BUT having CMV does not mean you have HIV. In people who don't have HIV, CMV is a common usually harmless infection. Most people don't experience any symptoms but for the immunosuppressed and fetuses it can cause serious problems. There is no cure although antivirals can be used and there is no vaccine. ...Read more

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