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Congenital Cytomegalovirus associates with intestinal stricture and small bowel obstruction presented in early infancy (Abstract)

Sheikha A. R¹, Ghazala B¹, G Ionescu ² & SA Uduman ¹

¹Department of Pediatrics, FMHS, UAE University

²Department of Pediatrics Surgery, Tawam Hospital affiliated with John Hopkins Hospital, Al Ain, UAE



The authors present an infant admitted to hospital with recurrent episodes of intestinal obstruction due to small bowel stricture as a presenting sign of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. The growth retardation, intra cerebral calcifications, progressive hepatosplenomegally and failure to thrive were attributed to prenatal onset of CMV disease. Further, the CMV specific IgM antibody persistence was supportive of the etiologic cause. This case illustrate the importance of gastrointestinal involvement of this virus is more frequent than previously recognized.

Key words: congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, gastrointestinal involvement


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