I need a straight answer. What is CMV infections?

Viral infection. CMV stands for cytomegalo viirus. More than 50% of the population acquires the infection in childhood without any symptoms, signs or disease. Primary CMV infection in a pregnant woman can cause serious disease in the fetus. Adults with immune deficiency may reactivate their latent CMV and develop various illnesses from it, e.g., retinitis, vasculitis.
Cytomegalovirus. It is an infection caused by cytomegalovius, a member of the herpesvirus family, it may affect the parotid gland, most people are assymptomatic unless they become immunosupressed like in HIV infection, transplant patients that are receiving suppressive therapy. Cytomegalovirus may affect the retina in HIV patients, may cause ulcer of the esophagous etc...

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Amnio due to CMV infection at wk16 is negative. Probability of transmitting after amnio and if yes, r symptoms serious? Need to repeat amnio at wk 21?

Clarify with doctor. If you amnio was negative then it sounds like CMV is not an issue. Clarify with the doctor doing the testing to confirm exactly what applies in your unique circumstance.

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. ".
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

My daughter has CMV infections. Will this affect her health?

Probably not. 50%-80% of adult in the USA has been exposed to CMV, most people know they were exposed to CMV when a blood test shows that they have antibody against the virus, the virus remained dormant and cause no problems unless the person become immunosupressed (HIV, transplant patients, chemotherapy patient etc...) then diseases such retinitis, esophagitis etc... can develop.
Unlikely. More than half the children get CMV infection without any consequences. A fe 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.

How do pediatricians treat their own kids with CMV infections?

Should not. There is a general philosophy that doctors should not be treating members of their own family. If you are asking what the best therapy for CMV infection is, that is a different answer.

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.