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How is CMV diagnosed?

How is CMV diagnosed?

Viral culture: Antibody testing for CMV is not useful. The only way to really diagnose CMV infection is to detect it in bodily fluids by viral culture. ...Read more

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How dangerous is cmv?

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How dangerous is 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 more

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How is CMV usually diagnosed?

How is CMV usually diagnosed?

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 more

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Could CMV be transfered through food?

Could CMV be transfered through food?

No: Not unless you count breast milk as food. It is transmitted person to person in various body fluids and secretions. Not in food, not in water, not in animals. ...Read more

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Is CMV remains in body all the life ?

Is CMV remains in body all the life  ?

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

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What are the effects of CMV on the baby?

What are the effects of CMV on the baby?

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 more

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My son has cmv. Is that something serious?

What do you mean?: Does your son have infection with cmv? And if so, what type of infection? Dr. Lau is absolutely correct in that most people recover uneventfully, but if you son has a problem with his immune system CMV can create some very severe problems. ...Read more

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How is CMV transmitted and how to know where it exist in body ?

How is CMV transmitted and how to know where it exist in body ?

CMV: CMV virus spreads through body fluids, blood, saliva, urine, semen and breastfeeding. Can infect many organs including central nervous system, lungs, heart, liver, Gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a CMV flare up and how long do they typically last?

What are the symptoms of a CMV flare up and how long do they typically last?

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

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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?

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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 more

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Can I have a baby if I have cmv?

Can I have a baby if I have cmv?

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

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Is my unborn baby protected from cmv?

Is my unborn baby protected from cmv?

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

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If you had to boil it down, what is cmv?

If you had to boil it down, what is cmv?

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 more

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What does CMV mean on my blood donar card?

What does CMV mean on my blood donar card?

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

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Is CMV common in usa? Is it rare for it to be deadly?

Is CMV common in usa? Is it rare for it to be deadly?

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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What symptoms will a baby have if he is born with cmv?

What symptoms will a baby have if he is born with cmv?

Variable: These infants can be totally asymptomatic forever or develop gradual hearing loss over several months on the mild end. They could also be born with eye damage, calcified areas of brain damage, liver injury, etc. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to lose both your hearing and vision from cmv?

Can it be possible for you to lose both your hearing and vision from cmv?

Yes: Congenital CMV is the most common known reason for sensorineural hearing loss in young children. CMV retinitis is inflammation of the retina due to CMV that can lead to blindness. ...Read more