What is Cytomegalovirus ?
Cytomegalovirus infection usually goes unnoticed in healthy people, but it can be fatal in immunocompromised people such as HIV-infected people, organ transplant recipients, or newborn babies. Seronegative female patients infected during pregnancy can transmit the disease to the developing fetus, resulting in congenital abnormalities. The Cytomegalo Virus – IgM test is important for assessing the patient’s immunity status. IgM antibodies against CMV, if detected can persist for 2 to 9 months after the initial infection. Positive IgM results in neonates have a high probability of being an indication of congenital or neonatal infection.
General Medicine, Infectious diseases specialist