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Who Is Susceptible To Cmv
Depends: CMV (cytomegalovirus) infection in children and young adults with intact immune system is usually a trivial infection. However, pregnant mother becomes infected the first time, the virus infects her fetus. Sensorineural hearing loss and developmental delay are common sequelae following congenital CMV infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood test: Cytomegalovirus infection is diagnosed by a variety of blood tests. It is part of the standard battery of tests given to pregnant moms. Once you have been infected, you are immune for life. As a result, if a pregnant mom has never been infected, she needs to be very careful to stay away from sick people, many of whom might have cmv. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes,usually no prob.: CMV is in the herpes family & many viruses in that family, like herpes simplex, Epstein Barr virus, chickenpox, HHV 6 & CMV infect virtually everyone & live in our bodies forever. For those with a healthy immune system this is not a problem as our bodies can keep them in a inactive state where they do not cause problems. However, people who are immunocomprised may develop chronic active infection. ...Read more
Varies: Vast majority will have no symptoms with maternal infection and do fine. Of babies who do have congenital infection they may have low birth weight, rash, small head size, enlarged liver or spleen reaction, seizures, small head size, retardation, inflamed retina (eye) and vision loss or may seem fine at birth but present late with hearing loss, coordination problems or retardation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: That's not how CMV is transmitted.Get a more detailed answer ›
CMV: They can occur rarely but can include symptoms similar to the initial infections if you feel this is a possibility than you can be tested and you should see your pcp or id physician. ...Read more
I have just received my CMV status and it came back as normal no action, does this mean its positive or negative?
I would guess NEG: I would guess this meant you tested negative for cmv. ...Read more
The thought of CMV scares me. All I have heard or read is bad. Should i be worried about it? If I have it can I still have children? Will it have it?
Misunderstanding: Cmv(cytomegalovirus) is ubiquitous, and most people get infected during their childhood. Infants born to unfortunate women who develop primary CMV infection during the pregnancy do develop serious complications such as progressive hearing loss and mental retardation. If you already had CMV infection, the chance to transmit the virus to your offspring is very unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most can: Most women have CMV in childhood and develop protective antibodies that will prevent problems during later pregnancies. If you have CMV as a non-pregnant adult, you will also develop antibodies that protect you/baby later. The scary time is if you get CMV for the first time while you are pregnant, as this can injure baby. ...Read more
Depends on situation: The most burdensome problems with CMV occur when a mom gets infected during pregnancy & the virus gets into the baby during the blood phase of mom's illness. If mom had it as a child, she likely has protective antibodies that will prevent this from occurring.If tests prior to pregnancy show you cmv+, then its unlikely your kid will get it.If cmv-, avoid exposures to little kids that could have it. ...Read more
Cytomegalovirus: CMV is a virus that most people have been exposed to. The virus may cause a mild flu-like illness initially and then becomes latent (inactive). In the immunocompromised, the virus may reactivate and cause inflammation of the colon (colitis), small intestine (enteritis), the esophagus (esophagitis) and the bladder (cystitis). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cytomegalovirus: The presence of cytomegalovirus antibodies in your blood is a simple marker that you were infected at some time in your life. It means almost nothing for your health (half or more of us are +)but means something to the blood bank.Premature infants & those with immune issues (transplant, chemo) are only given CMV negative blood. ...Read more
CMV is very common: Yes. CMV infection is a very common childhood illness in most cases. There is currently a lot of research going on about chronic active infection with CMV and it's potential ties to other chronic and life threatening illnesses. It is rare for it to be deadly in and of itself. ...Read more
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