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Cmv Retinitis And Optic Nerve

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AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...blindness unless treated. CMV can spread throughout the body and infect several organs at once. The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells. The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an inflammation of the retina. Patients may also notice light flashes, decreased or distorted vision, or blind...
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Bat vision non CMV

Hello, I was diagnosed HIV positive last year (2008) due to a strange blindness. A few months prior to HIV diagnosis, I developed a spot of missing Vision on my left eye (periph). A few months later I lost all peripheral vision in both eyes. At...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Hmmm... I am not sure I have seen or am familiar with anything like this that is specific to the HIV virus itself. It appears from your description that there is no "retinitis", or inflammation or infection in/on the retina. Most HIV associated... Read more »

Disability and CMV retinitis

I am a 48-year old female working 30 hours a week as a special education teacher confultant. From 1995-1998 (pre-protease days), I was on total disability (through employer's LTD and SSDI) due to AIDS (T4 of 13) + bilateral CMV retinitis. I...
Lynn L. Franzoi

Response from Lynn L. Franzoi

Worldwide Benefits for Fox, Inc.
Work your doctors (internist, retina specailist, etc.) to complile the necessary medical back-up to apply for SSDI. It is not uncommon dfor Social Secuirty to deny the initial application. However, many times it is granted upon appeal. So if you... Read more »

What are the signs and symptoms of cytomegalovirus?

"What are the signs and symptoms of cytomegalovirus?"
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
...retina is affected. There may be no symptoms at all if the retinitis is peripheral (involving parts of the retina far from the optic nerve and macula). Retinitis in more central areas can lead to diminished vision or to "field cuts"--loss of... Read more »

how to diagnose CMV retinitis?

dear doctor ,,,I have symptoms in my eyes ,,but if I go to eye doctor how he will diagnose that I have CMV retinitis?is it by blood test only ? I mean if I did blood test for CMV ,,,if both IgG and IgM CMV test came positive ,,does this mean that I...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...The only way to diagnose CMV retinitis is to have an exam by an eye doctor experienced in treating HIV+s. The blood tests merely tell whether you have been exposed Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Valganciclovir: A New Treatment for Cytomegalovirus Retinitis

...abnormalities are described using a grading protocol defined in terms of zones that specify the location of lesions. The diameter of the optic nerve (the optic "head") is used as a unit of measurement such that "zone" is a unique measure for a... Read more »
The Well Project

AIDS Defining Conditions

...Cryptosporidiosis, chronic intestinal (greater than 1 month's duration) Cytomegalovirus disease (other than liver, spleen, or nodes) Cytomegalovirus retinitis (with loss of vision Encephalopathy, HIV-related Herpes simplex: chronic... 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 »

support groups for people with CMV and blindness?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hey everybody, I'm living in Miami Beach in Florida, and have CMV Retinitis. I was wondering if anybody out there knows of, or might want to start, a support group or organizations for people with CMV Read more »

Should I go to the E/R???! help

Posted by hello123, 2 Replies
...tested Monday but I don't know if I should wait. I have been experiencing blurred vision and my eyes hurt, I am afraid I have cmv retinitis. I don't want to go blind. Should I go to the e/r? Or wait until Monday to get tested? I don't know what... 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 »