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Detection of CMV DNA in the perilymph of a 6-year-old boy with congenital cytomegalovirus infection

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June 14, 2016
by Ina Foulon, MD; Oriane Soetens, PhD; Leen Vleurinck, MA; Frans Gordts, PhD; Astrid Leus, MD; Anne Naessens, PhD

Abstract

We present the case of a 6-year-old boy who received a cochlear implant for profound sensorineural hearing loss after being born with cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Even after 6 years, CMV DNA was still found in the perilymph of the cochlea. Our case shows that CMV DNA can be present in the cochlea years after congenital CMV infection, and it can explain why progressive and/or late-onset hearing loss occurs in these children.

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