|parvo virus...need help
Mar 3, 2004
I was diagnosed with the human parvo virus in late December. Since then I've had six blood transfusions and one five day treatment of IVIG. My numbers are not stabilizing and my Dr. just informed me that I need another blood transfusion (my number is 7.7). Also, I need to do another cycle of IVIG. If this treatment does not work he wants to do another bone marrow biopsy and see if there is something else going on.
My question is this. What are the chances of me continuing with the blood transfusions, procrit shots, etc? I've been hiv positive since the early 80's and have kept the hiv virus and its symptoms at bay thus far. Basically, if there is not another culprit that is destroying my red blood count, what is my prognosis?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your prognosis is very good. Depending on your level of immunosuppression, you may require re-treatment, or even regular treatment with IVIG to suppress the Parvovirus B19. Continue to work closely with your HIV/AIDS specialist. You should be able to monitor your response to treatment (IVIG) by following your reticulocyte count and measuring the Parvovirus B19 DNA viral load. Close monitoring and treatment as needed should decrease or eliminate the need for future blood transfusions.
Parvo Virus b19
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.