How does a doctor know my child has cytomegalovirus?
- Most infections with CMV in the mother are not diagnosed because the virus produces few symptoms.
- A mother who has had CMV infection before may have antibodies present in her blood stream.
If your baby’s doctor suspects CMV, the doctor may screen your baby’s
- liver function
- brain, via ultrasound.
Is there a way to diagnose cytomegalovirus before my baby is born?
- If the mother has symptoms similar to mononucleosis (fever, swollen glands, constant fatigue, tonsillitis, liver malfunction) while pregnant, she may be given a test to screen for CMV.
- A prenatal ultrasound can test your baby for symptoms of a CMV infection by allowing your doctor to inspect the brain as well as your baby’s gestational size.