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Congenital cytomegalovirus infection: Management and outcome

Gail J Demmler-Harrison, MD
Section Editors
Morven S Edwards, MD
Leonard E Weisman, MD
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Carrie Armsby, MD, MPH


Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the leading cause of nonhereditary sensorineural hearing loss and can cause other long-term neurodevelopmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, vision impairment, and seizures. Infants congenitally infected with CMV may benefit from antiviral therapy, especially if treatment is initiated within the first month of life.

The management and outcome of congenital CMV infection are reviewed below. The clinical features and diagnosis of congenital CMV infection, other TORCH infections, CMV in pregnancy, and CMV infections in older infants and children are discussed separately:

(See "Congenital cytomegalovirus infection: Clinical features and diagnosis".)

(See "Overview of TORCH infections".)

(See "Cytomegalovirus infection in pregnancy".)

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