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Blood test showed epstein barr virus and cytomegalovirus. Is there any cure available for them?

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Hi Dr ,
I got my blood test result I have Epstein-Barrvirus and cytomegalievirus could you tell me about these viruses ,is there any cure for them? I have severe pain in area of my spleen and liver could you help me plz?
Posted Fri, 19 Apr 2013 in General Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Mayank Bhargava 5 hours later
Hi XXXXXXX
Welcome to XXXXXXX forum.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and EBV) belongs to the herpes virus family.
According to CDC, almost 50-80% people in USA has CMV infection till the age of 40 years.
Infection in children may occur in early childhood, especially those in childcare and preschool. The infection is seldom serious in otherwise healthy children and adults.
It may leads to an initial CMV infection, which has a few symptoms.
The virus may remain dormant or sleeping within the body over a long period.
Reactivation occurs when the immune system is weakened.

So symptoms are common in childhood and immunosuppressed adult patients.

Currently, no specific treatment is available or recommended for otherwise healthy people with CMV infection.

EB virus is associated with cancers such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, hairy leukoplakia and central nervous system lymphomas.
Infection with EBV occurs by the oral transfer of saliva and genital secretions.

Many children become infected with EBV, and these infections usually cause no symptoms.
When infection with EBV occurs during adolescence or teenage years, it causes infectious mononucleosis 35 to 50 percent of the time.
Splenomegaly (enlargement of spleen) is a feature of Infectious mononucleosis and trauma to enlarged spleen must be avoided.

Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter pain medicines are recommended for people with infectious mononucleosis.

You should go for liver function test and ultrasound imaging studies of abdomen to know exact status of liver and spleen.

Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava

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Follow-up: Blood test showed epstein barr virus and cytomegalovirus. Is there any cure available for them? 29 hours later
Hi Thanks for your answer,
I have earlier in another query which now is closed, told you that i have swollen lymph nodes all over my body with burning sensation on them,does EBV cause all these symptoms?is there any medicine or galenic for there disease?is it possible for me to get pregnant in future?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Mayank Bhargava 26 minutes later
Hi XXXXXXX
Your symptoms could be due to EB virus and you should go for ultrasound sound imaging for detection of splenomegaly.
Infectious mononucleosis caused by EB virus cause common cold like symptoms and recovered after decongestants and anti-inflammatory medicines. There are no antibiotics available to treat EBV.
You can conceive but spread may occur to your child by kissing and exchange of saliva.
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test (ELISA) or immunofluorescence can be used to detect EBV antibodies and thus an EBV infection.

Best regards,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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Follow-up: Blood test showed epstein barr virus and cytomegalovirus. Is there any cure available for them? 32 minutes later
I did blood test and they found Epstein Barr virus and cytomegalievirus I also did abdominal echograpgy and I'm waiting for the result,could these 2 viruses cause any form of cancer?what about pregnancy itself ,can I transfer this virus during pregnancy to my child? I have no children at the moment ?
What do these terms mean :
cytomegalievirus igM 0.32 -1 negative

cytomegalievirus igG 471.5 -6.0 positive


Epstein-Barrvirus nucl.ag.as. 93 -21 positive

thanks alot
 
 
Answered by Dr. Mayank Bhargava 4 hours later
Hi,
Epstein Barr virus may cause cancer as I have previously defined: Hodgkin's lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, hairy leukoplakia and central nervous system lymphomas.
CMV virus may transfer during pregnancy while Epstein Barr virus may be transmitted by saliva.
Your investigations suggests remote CMV infection as IgG was positive.
While EB virus antigen is found to be positive.
Interpretation of these test can be better defined by local physician depending on reference range.
You should take chance of pregnancy while EB virus antigen becomes negative.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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