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Diagnosed With Cmv Retinitis

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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 »

Opportunistic Infections related to Fatigue

I've heard that if someone has been living with fatigue for an extended period of time, they have a... Read more »

Ganciclovir and Procrit/Neupogen

...I was just diagnosed with CMV Retinitis, and am using Ganciclovir daily via catheter. My doctor Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ophthalmology: Anti-HIV Drugs Save Vision, Improve Outlook for AIDS Patients (poor enough to restrict their ability to drive). The patients were tracked monthly. Within the first year after being diagnosed with CMV retinitis, 56 percent had vision loss to the level of 20/50, and 37 percent were legally blind.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

...colon, where it causes diarrhea, and the esophagus, where it impairs the patient's ability to swallow. Currently, patients newly diagnosed with CMV retinitis are generally treated with injectable therapies, including ganciclovir, which require... Read more »
The Body PRO

CMV Retinitis Despite High CD4 Lymphocyte Counts

...California at San Francisco. Mark Jacobson, a leading researcher from this institution reported on 5 cases of AIDS patients with CMV retinitis who had CD4 counts over 200 cells/mm3 at the time of diagnosis. Previous natural history studies have... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Improved Treatment of CMV Retinitis

...the most feared opportunistic pathogens. The daily intravenous infusions that were once required to slow the progression of CMV retinitis exacted a heavy toll, both in dollars and in quality of life, and patients were justly apprehensive about... 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 »

My husband was just diagnosed

Posted by sadwife, 14 Replies
...My husband was diagnosed with AIDS about a month ago. We did not know what was wrong with him and after many doctors visits, a lung biopsy, and 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 »


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 »