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Ways To Treat Cmv Retinitis

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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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CMV treatment

How goes state-of-the-art CMV retinitis treatment? How long can theCMV-afflicted plan to see, and the CMV-blinded hopeto live? Thanks.
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
...retina, or preventing relapseof gastrointestinal disease that's been treated successfully. It's alsoapproved for prophylaxis of CMV retinitis, though that will probably becomemore common when we figure out who's most likely to develop CMV... Read more »

Questions from your answer

Hi Dr. Franscino!In a previous answer given through the "ask the experts" - HIV and CMV (CMV)Oct 17, 2008 -, I read "...CMV disease most often affects people with HIV when their CD4+ cell counts are below 50. You may also be at risk if you have a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...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... Read more »

HIV and CMV (CMV)

Hi...My dad has been HIV+ for about 9 years now. He was diagnosed with ALL last year (which at this moment is currently in remission). He is currently taking maintence chemo pills and Atripla for his HIV. He was just told he has CMV. Is he in the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... 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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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

New Developments in the Management of CMV Infections

...Group. Intravenous versus oral ganciclovir: European/Australian comparative study of efficacy and safety in the prevention of cytomegalovirus retinitis in patients with AIDS. AIDS 1995; 9: 471-8. 2 . Drew WL, Ives D, Lalezari JP, et al. ... 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 »
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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 »
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HIV / AIDS DOCS

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...though as many as 200,000 citizens are living with HIV. This access gap extends far beyond antiretrovirals: For instance, cytomegalovirus retinitis, an opportunistic infection that has become relatively rare among HIV-infected patients in... Read more »

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 a trip to the ICU, he was diagnosed with PCP, and ultimately, AIDS. His CD-4 count was 9. Although he... 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 »