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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1957-1958

Presumed neonatal cytomegalovirus retinitis treated with intravenous ganciclovir

Regional Eye Hospital, Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Submission17-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance20-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication20-Aug-2020

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Dr. A Geetha
MS, Assistant Professor, Regional Eye Hospital, Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool - 518 002, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2338_20

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Keywords: Chorioretinitis, cytomegalovirus retinitis, ganciclovir

How to cite this article:
Suganya A, Geetha A, Narendranath Reddy G. Presumed neonatal cytomegalovirus retinitis treated with intravenous ganciclovir. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1957-8

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Suganya A, Geetha A, Narendranath Reddy G. Presumed neonatal cytomegalovirus retinitis treated with intravenous ganciclovir. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 28];68:1957-8. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/9/1957/292555

A primi gravida mother brought a 4-week-old infant girl weighing 1.5 kg for a routine ophthalmic examination. On general physical examination, the baby was malnourished, small for age, lethargic, had conjunctival pallor, and icterus. The anterior segment of both eyes was within normal limits. Fundus evaluation revealed pigmented chorioretinitis lesion with retinal hemorrhages in both eyes (more in the left eye) [Figure 1]. Serology revealed the presence of immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies against cytomegalovirus (CMV), confirmed by polymerase chain reaction.
Figure 1: Fundus photograph showing (a) right eye, subretinal hemorrhage at the macula (black arrow mark) with patchy hyperpigmented lesions around with sclerosed vessels (yellow arrow mark); (b) left eye, massive subretinal hemorrhage (black arrow mark), superotemporal chorioretinitis lesion with sclerosed vessels (yellow arrow mark); and (c) and (d) 8 weeks following treatment, right and left eye showing clearance of hemorrhage, a pigmentary atrophic lesion at macula and periphery (black arrow mark)

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The diagnosis of CMV retinitis was made, and the baby was treated with intravenous ganciclovir (10 mg/kg/day) for 4 weeks, followed by oral valganciclovir (16 mg/kg/day) for 4 weeks. The general condition of the baby improved in the following weeks, and the chorioretinitis lesions healed in both the eyes.

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The incidence of CMV chorioretinitis is reported to be 25% in infants with symptomatic congenital CMV infection and 1% in asymptomatic infants.[1] The most common ophthalmic manifestation of congenital CMV infection is chorioretinitis.[2] Congenital symptomatic CMV infection is characterized by intrauterine growth restriction; hepatosplenomegaly, hematological abnormalities like anemia, thrombocytopenia, pneumonitis, and gastrointestinal tract disease.[3] Treatment of CMV retinitis is usually done with systemic (oral/intravenous) or intravitreal ganciclovir. Untreated retinitis can progress to blindness because of extensive retinal necrosis, optic nerve involvement, or retinal detachment.[3]

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