A Randomized Trial to Prevent Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
Additional Principal Investigator
This is a randomized double blinded placebo control trial in which women who have tested positive for CMV in the early pregnancy may receive monthly infusions of either placebo or Cytogam (antibodies to CMV) in hopes that it will either stop or decrease the incidence of transmission to the fetus and its sequelae.
Patients receive $100 at each monthly study infusion and at the one and two year infant follow- ups.
CMV is common virus spread like a cold or flu. If a woman is infected for the first time while pregnant, there is a 40 percent chance the fetus will also be infected. These fetuses are more likely to be born earlier, have low birth weight, or smaller heads. Some of these babies will develop problems such as hearing loss and learning disabilities. There is currently no approved treatment for CMV.
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