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Cytomegalovirus Pneumonia Overview

What is cytomegalovirus pneumonia?
A person with cytomegalovirus pneumonia has a viral infection of the lungs, caused by Cytomegalovirus. Cytomegalovirus pneumonia causes a cough and difficulty breathing. 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 pneumonia?
Symptoms of cytomegalovirus pneumonia include anorexia, dry cough, fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, and fatigue.

How does the doctor treat cytomegalovirus pneumonia?
Treatment for cytomegalovirus pneumonia includes intravenous fluids, antiviral medications, cough medications, and bronchodilators for wheezing.

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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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