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Who Is At Risk For 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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cmv reactivated

Dr. Keith i would like to ask, if for the first few months of taking arv meds i did pretty well-gained weight and cmv retinitis resolving, but after another few months- then my cmv retinitis reactivated and flare up again, does this mean that the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...still seen. If the CD4 count is low (ie < 50) and doesn't respond well to HIV control then risk for AIDS complications such as CMV retinitis remains. Also, there can be flare-ups of AIDS complications due to immune reconstitution after starting... Read more »

CMV / AIDS

I have AIDS - CD4 100VL 677000. Diagnosed HIV+ 1989. I think I could deal with anything but blindness. Am on Truvada / Sustiva. Are there any drugs to prevent CMV from occuring?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...infection with retina involvement generally is seen when the CD4 count is < 100. If you regain CD4 cells on therapy the risk for CMV retinitis is reduced dramatically. For persons stuck with low CD4 counts (ie < 25-50) then use of oral... 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 »

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 »
Articles
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 »
San Francisco General Hospital

New Developments in the Management of CMV Infections

...dose of 3000 mg three times daily) is as effective as IV ganciclovir (at a dose of 5 mg/kg daily) in delaying progression of CMV retinitis in patients who complete three weeks of IV induction therapy (Figure). Some doubt remains as... 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 »
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 »
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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 »

HPV CMV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
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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 »

Shower guy is back

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...first and not like my case where the rash really came late(after 11 weeks of experiencing what I think is ARS) By the way, my risk is extremely low risk as most of the people on this board knows. Anyway, I will be getting another test soon so... Read more »