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How Common Is Cmv Retinitis

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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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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 »

CMV still a problem? How do you prevent it?

Dr. Bob,Hello from a worried Polish American who has just glanced over an article that i quite distrubing. Is this true that CMV often occurs with individuals taking HART and how can we all prevent it from occuring. Please give your reasoning.I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,This forum is dedicated to Fatigue and Anemia, so I'll only be able to reply briefly. This report refers to HIV-positive folks who had very low CD4 cell counts and developed a smoldering CMV opportunistic infection. When they were placed on... 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 »

CMV still common with Hart? How do you prevent it?

Dear experts,How do you explain this article on CMV visual loss being common in Hart era, does this often still occur with individuals using Hart?What can one do to prevent this from occuring to themselves. Thanks.BartCMV-related visual loss...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...CMV drug cidofovir may be at more risk for some eye problems but this is not conclusively demonstrated.The good news is that CMV retinitis, once common, has now become very rare due to HIV therapy. But, among those who have had CMV eye disease... Read more »
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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 »
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 »
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 »

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 »

cmv + high CD4

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anyone know if it is even remotely possible to have CMV retinitis at a CD4 of over 600 (37%)? I have had floaters for almost 5 months and the opthamologist says that I have a little retina thining Read more »

vision

Posted by Anonymous
...does anyone have any personal experience with cmv retinitis? I could use some advice. Read more »