What are the treatment options for cytomegalovirus (CMV)?

Updated: Jul 07, 2021
  • Author: Ricardo Cedeno-Mendoza, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Healthy people who are infected with CMV but who have no symptoms usually do not require medical treatment.

Antiviral treatment is used for immunocompromised individuals who have eye infections or life-threatening illnesses due to CMV. The drug of choice for prevention of CMV disease in solid-organ transplant patients is valganciclovir. [2] Other than CMV retinitis, however, ganciclovir remains the mainstay of treatment, at least initially.

Second-line treatments include foscarnet, cidofovir, or maribavir.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent CMV infection.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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