There is no specific treatment for congenital CMV. Treatments, such as physical therapy and appropriate education for children with psychomotor retardation, focus on specific problems.
Experimental treatment with the drug ganciclovir may reduce hearing loss later in the child’s life.
Up to 90% of infants who have symptoms of their infection at birth will have neurologic abnormalities later in life. Only about 5 – 10% of infants without symptoms will have these problems.
- Psychomotor retardation
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Have your baby checked right away if he or she was not examined by a health care provider shortly after birth and you suspect that the head is small or you notice other symptoms of congenital CMV.
If your baby has congenital CMV, it is important to follow the health care provider’s recommendations for well-baby examinations. That way, any growth and development problems can be identified early, and treated promptly.
Review Date : 9/3/2008
Reviewed By : D. Scott Smith, M.D., MSc, DTM&H, Chief of Infectious Disease & Geographic Medicine, Kaiser Redwood City, CA & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Stanford University.Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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