Cytomegalic Inclusion Disease

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Definition

Cytomegalic inclusion disease is an infection or condition resulting from a form of herpes virus called 'cytomegalovirus'. This virus leads to cell enlargement of a number of organs, as well as the growth of 'inclusion bodies' in the nucleus or cytoplasm of the cells. A trademark of this infection is the episodic recurrence of symptoms all through life, due to its virus cycles of latency periods and active virus.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based on medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests. While virus isolation present in urine can be the most 'sensitive' lab method, other tests are also done to support the diagnosis.

Treatment

There's no cure for the infection. Generally, good hygiene that includes appropriate hand washing is suggested to stop passing on of virus from one person to the other. Medications may be administered, such as acyclovir and ganciclovir to reduce virus amount in one's body. The drugs are taken all through life; no vaccines for cytomegalic inclusion disease have been developed.

Symptoms and Signs

If the infection happens in healthy individuals after birth, warning signs may be minimal or may even be nonexistent. A number of people undergo mild symptoms, such s fatigue, prolonged fever, tender lymph nodes, and mild hepatitis. People with compromised immune system, newborn, or fetus, may have more severe symptoms.

Causes

A virus that belongs to the herpes group, which is known as cytomegalic virus or CMV, causes the disease. CMV can stay formant following initial infection, and then be reactivated periodically all through life.

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