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CMV effects
Mar 24, 2002

A seven month old infant was born and diagnosed with CMV before birth. Labor was induced early because the body was getting too large for the head. The mother has been told that the child will be perfectly normal by age 2. Is this true?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Not necessarily. The baby should be treated for CMV and monitored closely for congenital problems that may not be apparent until later, such as hearing loss. I hope the mother has had this baby evaluated by a pediatric infectious diseases specialist-- and if not, she should do so soon.


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