What does being symptomatic with cCMV infection mean?
The majority of babies with cCMV infection never develop symptoms of the infection. If a baby is described as having symptoms of cCMV infection, they could have already had or may currently have one or more of the following features:
· Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
· Small head (microcephaly)
· Changes in the brain (scarring or other problems)
· Small size during pregnancy or at birth
· Enlargement of the spleen and/or liver (hepatosplenomegaly)
· Inflammation of the eye (retinitis)
· Hearing loss
· Rash from low platelets
· Inflammation of the liver (transaminitis)
In babies who had symptoms at birth, they are at risk of going on to have:
· Developmental and motor delay
· Vision loss
· Hearing loss
· Balance impairment
Some babies will have only one symptom (such as hearing loss). Others may have many symptoms. As there are future risks associated with having cCMV infection, follow up and detection of problems soon after they occur leads to a better outcome for the child.
What are the treatment options?
Some babies with symptoms of cCMV infection will benefit from treatment with valganciclovir. Valganciclovir is an antiviral medication. The ID doctor will talk about valganciclovir and whether or not they feel there would be a benefit from treatment.
Are there any signs/symptoms to look for?
If there are concerns regarding the health of a baby, as it relates to cCMV infection, in between scheduled appointments, please contact the ID clinic or primary care physician.