What is the role of cytomegalovirus immune globulin in the treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV)?

Updated: Jul 07, 2021
  • Author: Ricardo Cedeno-Mendoza, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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CMV immune globulin has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the prophylaxis of CMV disease in high-risk lung transplant recipients when given in conjunction with ganciclovir. In a retrospective study of cardiothoracic transplant recipients, those who received CMV immune globulin plus ganciclovir had a higher disease-free incidence of CMV, less rejection, higher survival rate, and reduced coronary intimal thickening compared with patients who received ganciclovir alone. [80] A prospective randomized study is required to confirm these observations.

CMV immune globulin is used in combination with ganciclovir to treat CMV pneumonia.

See the Medication section for dosing.


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