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Cmv Retinitis And Aids

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Lifespan

im on my last stage(AIDS) and currently i have CMV retinitis.other than that i feel ok although red blood cell count is quite low.in my case whats the usualy lifespan? am i going to die soon?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...The life expectancy of AIDS patients with CMV retinitis is highly variable depending on many individual factors and access to effective treatment. Our clinic is following some patients Read more »

cmv reactivated

Dr. Keith i would like to ask, if for the first few months of taking arv meds i did pretty... Read more »

should i continue ganciclovir

i was diagnosed active cmv retinitis last august.its also the time i took up ARV meds(inlcuding... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oral Valganciclovir as Effective as IV Ganciclovir in Treating CMV Retinitis in AIDS Patients

...progression of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in AIDS patients. Valcyte is the first orally administered therapy approved for CMV retinitis and is converted to ganciclovir in the body. CMV is a member of the herpesvirus family that in the... Read more »
Johns Hopkins AIDS Service

The Cost of Prevention and Treatment of CMV Retinitis

...several years have seen a greatly expanded arsenal of treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of CMV retinitis.In addition to intravenous foscarnet (Foscavir, Astra) and intravenous ganciclovir (Cytovene IV,... Read more »
Johns Hopkins AIDS Service

Treatment of CMV Retinitis

...among the most common opportunistic infections in patients with AIDS [Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc, 93, 623, 1995]. The incidence of CMV retinitis is approximately 10% per year in patients with CD4 counts Oral Ganciclovir Oral ganciclovir has been... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Valganciclovir: A New Treatment for Cytomegalovirus Retinitis

...Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved valganciclovir (Valcyte) as a new treatment for cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis. CMV retinitis is an inflammation of the retina, characterized by loss of visual acuity (sharpness) or "blind spots." A... Read more »
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cmv retinitis

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Does anyone know if you could have CMV retinitus for years without showing any other signs of HIV or AIDS? I have read that it comes in the later stages, and I have had the symptoms for years but otherwise feel o.k Read more »

I am consumed with fear, not your typical WW

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...that the textbook reaction of a Hypochondriac is someone who reads about a symptom and then has it, but last night I read about CMV Retinitis in AIDS patients and I almost collapsed, the textbook signs of CMV Retinitis I have noticed over the... Read more »

HIV / AIDS DOCS

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...What kinds of AIDS complications do you see? Suprunenko: Tuberculosis is number one, toxoplasmosis, esophageal candidiasis, CMV retinitis and pneumocystis. With regard to antiretroviral therapy, we see peripheral neuropathy and lactic acidosis... Read more »

A Hypochondriac's Guide To Self-Diagnosis

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...necessary. (They almost always give false negatives.) 1) Do you have floaters in the eyes? No - keep reading. Yes - you have CMV retinitis and full-blown AIDS. 2) Do you have a sore throat? No - keep reading. Yes - you have cancer... Read more »