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CMV esophagitis

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CMV esophagitis
CMV esophagitis
Upper gastrointestinal system
Upper gastrointestinal system

Alternative Names    Return to top

Cytomegalovirus esophagitis

Definition    Return to top

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) esophagitis is a viral infection of the esophagus, the muscular tube through which food travels from the mouth to the stomach.

See also:

Causes    Return to top

CMV is caused by the cytomegalovirus (CMV). This condition usually affects people who have a weakened immune system.

Symptoms    Return to top

Symptoms include:

Exams and Tests    Return to top

Treatment    Return to top

Treatment involves antiviral medications that are given through a vein (intravenous) or by mouth (orally).

Outlook (Prognosis)    Return to top

Esophagitis can usually be treated effectively. The outcome depends upon the immune system problem that makes the person susceptible to the infection.

Possible Complications    Return to top

When to Contact a Medical Professional    Return to top

Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of CMV esophagitis, especially if you have a suppressed immune system.

Prevention    Return to top

Preventing AIDS can help avoid opportunistic infections, such as those caused by the cytomegalovirus. (Opportunistic infections are infections by organisms that are not normally disease-producing, but that take advantage of a situation, such as a damaged immune system.) People with AIDS who are effectively treated with antiretroviral therapy are much less likely to get CMV infection.

Update Date: 11/1/2007

Updated by: Kenneth M. Wender, M.D., Department of Infectious Diseases, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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