Congenital CMV infection --can it be a problem?

Yes, major problem. CMV infection in utero can be fatal or leave the infant with numerous deficiencies, some of which may be life-threatening.

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I have congenital CMV infection is it genetic?

No. This is not passed through the genes.It is caused if a woman develops a CMV infection while pregnant, passing it to baby during the process. Read more...

How should I treat CMV infection?

More info needed. Severity depends on the site. Most kids and adults recover without treatment if immune system is normal. Very complicated topic if there are immunologic issues. The virus is widespread among humans. Read more...
You do not. Vast majority of the CMV infections are sub-clinical, i.e., without signs or symptoms. Why do you want to treat CMV infection? If CMV infection needs treatment, the patient has other serious health issues and it is not something you would treat yourself for. Read more...

I've heard different things. What exactly is fetal CMV infection?

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...

What happens to my child as a result of CMV infection?

It depends. According to the match of dimes "cmv is the most common congenital (present at birth) infection in the United States. Each year, about 40, 000 babies are born with CMV infection. Luckily, the virus does not harm most of them. But about 4, 000 of these babies develop mental retardation, learning disabilities, hearing loss, vision loss, or other disabilities as a result of CMV infection. ". Read more...
Most likely nothing. More than half the children get CMV infection without any consequences. A few may get a mono like illness. Cmv is a serious illness for the fetus, if a mother gets primary infection during pregnancy. CMV infection, new or old, can be troublesome in people with immune deficiency. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: CMV infection?

CMV infection. 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, eyes and other organs. Read more...

What are the tests for prenatal CMV infection?

Viral cultures, etc. This form of infection is usually asymptomatic and is acquired at birth by passage through the birth canal or after birth by maternal milk. CMV can cause protracted interstitial pneumonia in premature infants. 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. Read more...

What are the symptoms of prenatal CMV infection?

Usually asymptomatic. This form of infection is usually asymptomatic infection is acquired at birth by passage through the birth canal or after birth by maternal milk. CMV can cause protracted interstitial pneumonia in premature infants. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Prenatal CMV infection?

Prenatal CMV. When CMV seronegative mothers contract primary CMV infection during pregnancy, roughly 50% will transmit to the infection to the fetus. About 25% of the infected fetuses are then born with symptoms, which may include pneumonia, gastrointestinal, retinal and neurological disease. Read more...