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CMV Retinitis Overview

Another name for CMV Retinitis is Cytomegalovirus Retinitis.

What is cytomegalovirus retinitis?
A person with cytomegalovirus retinitis has a viral infection of the retina caused by Cytomegalovirus. Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a herpes virus that usually does not cause symptoms in people with a normal functioning immune system. However, CMV can cause serious infections in those who have AIDS or an organ transplant, or those who are treated with chemotherapy.

What are the symptoms of cytomegalovirus retinitis?
Symptoms of cytomegalovirus retinitis include small spots in the field of vision, blurry vision, and blind spots.

How does the doctor treat cytomegalovirus retinitis?
Treatment for cytomegalovirus retinitis includes antiviral medications and other medications to boost the production of white blood cells.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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