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Cytomegalovirus And Elevated Platelet Count

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

... What Is CMV? How Is CMV Treated? Can CMV Be Prevented? How Do I Choose a Treatment for CMV? The Bottom Line What Is CMV? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an opportunistic infection. The virus is very common. Between 50% and 85% of the US population tests positive for CMV by the time they are 40 years old. A healthy immune system keeps this virus in check. When the immune defenses
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addressing other health issues with low platelets

I am 25, CD4 count of 370, VL of 28,000. Not currently on meds. experience mild rectal bleeding and slight gum bleeding. Platelets are 80,000. i was scheduled for a high resolution anoscopy for cell biopsy and to have anal warts removed, but the...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Your doctor is concerned that your HIV infection is causing low platelets due to its effect on your bone marrow. I agree that it may be very reasonable to start therapy. Other platelet factors are available, but the result would probably be only... Read more »

Improving labs but low platelets

I was diagnosed in 6.2009 and have been taking Atripla now for since 7.22.2009. My lab tests were done after taking Atripla for three weeks ans the cd4 count had increased from 213 to over 400. The viral load has improved (however; I do not know...
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
Your doctor is correct. In some cases of HIV infection (like yours) the infection can affect the platelet count. HIV treatment can improve the count or get it back to the normal range. This may take a few months. On the other hand, some times the... Read more »

Hep-c /platlets

How can I increase my platlets to start peg interferon? I currently am stage 3=4 with a platlet count of 85,000. The Va stated that Peg will eat up platlets and they may stop treatment. Can one get a platlet transfusion? A friend will donate.
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...hepatitis C infection due to the effect of PEG. There is a drug called elthrombopag, which was shown recently to be effective in increasing platelet counts. It is now undergoing review and will hopefully be available in the future. Read more »

platelet count from Russia)

ello. Tnk you very much for your attantion to my really big problem. I ll repet my situation: I m HIV and Hepatitis C since 2001, i m without therapy (HIV) for 8 years. Today my CD 286, viral load (HIV) 4260. I discovered thrombocytopenia in 2005...
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
If the platelet count does not increase after HIV treatment, some would recommend steroids or even removal of the spleen. Interferon could have stimulated certain hormones and other proteins to increase the platelet count. Websites like WebMD could... Read more »
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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...Medicines to Treat CMV? What About Resistance? What Research Is Being Done on CMV? The Bottom Line Introduction Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus. It can infect people of all ages, including unborn babies. Once a person... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...neutropenia. Advanced HIV disease can cause neutropenia. So can some medications including ganciclovir, a drug used to treat cytomegalovirus (see Fact Sheet 504 ) and the anti-HIV drug AZT . There are two main types of lymphocytes (lymphs) .... Read more »
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Opportunistic Infections

...and "test positive" for it, even though you don't have the disease. For example, almost everyone with HIV tests positive for Cytomegalovirus (CMV). But it is very rare for CMV disease to develop unless the CD4 cell count drops below 50, a sign of... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration Syndrome

...or IRIS. It may occur in about 20% of people starting ART. How Was the Syndrome Identified? Several patients developed cytomegalovirus (CMV) after they started HIV treatment. See Fact Sheet 504 for more information on CMV. In some... Read more »
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Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

ARS Patient cases

Posted by Anonymous
...open-lung biopsy revealed interstitial pneumonitis with lymphocytes and plasma cells. Pathologic sections showed evidence of cytomegalovirus inclusions, although viral cultures remained negative. All cultures from blood and from respiratory and... Read more »

HPV CMV

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CMV research

Posted by JamieLEE
...What is Cytomegalovirus, (CMV)? CMV is a common virus that infects most people at some time during their lives but rarely causes obvious illness. It is a Read more »