Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Maria | 2009-01-15

Q.

Cytomegalo virus

My daughter is six and a half and starting grade 1. About 20 months ago we found out by chance that she has complete sensorineural hearing loss in her left ear. She may have been deaf in this ear from birth, but we don' t know and as she is adopted there are gaps in her history.

Over the last few weeks we' ve noticed a deterioration in the hearing of her right ear, and she has now been diagnosed with cytomegalo virus.

I understand that the virus can go through periods of being dormant and then flare up again when her immune system is compromised. Is she at this age still at risk for also developing neurological and sight problems? Will she always be at risk?

What are the best ways to boost her immune system. She is a fussy eater who doesn' t like vegetables but she does eat fruit.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are correct in that CMV infection is a very important cause of sensorineural loss in the newborn period. The virus then may remain in the system but is kept under control by an effective immune system.It is important to have your little girl seen and tested by a paediatric immunologist just to be sure that her immunity is normal in all respects. If it is then there should be no concern about any progression of CMV infection to involve other organs such as her eyes at her age.

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