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Congenital cytomegalovirus infection: clinical outcome

Suresh B Boppana, Shannon A Ross, Karen B Fowler
Clinical Infectious Diseases 2013, 57 Suppl 4: S178-81
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Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a leading cause of hearing loss and neurologic disabilities in children worldwide. Infants with symptomatic congenital CMV infection at birth are at significantly increased risk for developing adverse long-term outcomes. The vast majority of infants with congenital CMV infection have no clinical findings at birth (asymptomatic infants), and about 10%-15% of these children develop long-term sequelae. Currently, predictors of adverse outcome in asymptomatic congenital CMV infection are not known, and it is important that future studies address this issue.

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