When a baby is born with CMV (cytomegalovirus), they can develop health problems at birth or later during infancy or childhood. The virus can be passed along during pregnancy from mother to child. These health problems can be numerous and can include hearing loss, vision loss, developmental delays, seizures, microcephaly. Early diagnosis and treatment may lessen the effects of this common virus. Laboratory testing can detect the CMV antibodies and this test can be requested during pregnancy.
According to the National CMV Foundation, “CMV is a common virus that infects people of all ages, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic class, and most people have been exposed to CMV at some point in their lifetime without their knowledge. In fact, it is estimated that 50-80% of adults in the United States have been infected with CMV by the time they reach 40 years old. Once CMV is in a person’s body, it stays there for life.” 1 out of every 200 children in the United States is born with the CMV virus. A doctor can order a blood sample to be drawn for CMV IgG and IgM antibody tests. If your doctor refuses to administer a test to detect CMV, ask them to document their refusal in your chart.
“Recent studies indicate that Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (CMV-IGIV) treatment may reduce the risk of congenital infection and/or disease in an unborn baby when given to pregnant women experiencing a primary CMV infection.”
If a test for CMV is requested, a doctor is required to treat patients in accordance with national standards of ordinary care, to help the patient understand the clinical implications of CMV test results, to personally counsel patients about the clinical implications, to conduct proper management and care, and to make proper notations in a patient’s chart for other treating physicians. National standards of ordinary care require the medical provider to give accurate information. When medical providers breach their duty to act within the national standards of care, there could be consequences for you and your baby.
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