Cytomegalovirus retinitis and viral resistance: 3. Culture results

Douglas Jabs, Cheryl Enger, J. P. Dunn, Michael Forman, Larry Hubbard

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PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between blood and urine cultures for cytomegalovirus and clinical outcomes in patients with cytomegalovirus retinitis. METHODS: Prospective epidemiologic study of 108 patients with newly diagnosed cytomegalovirus retinitis. Blood and urine were cultured for cytomegalovirus at diagnosis of retinitis, at 1 month and 3 months after diagnosis, and every 3 months thereafter. RESULTS: Of the patients, 80.6% were found to have either a positive blood culture or urine culture for cytomegalovirus at the time of diagnosis of retinitis, and a positive blood culture at diagnosis was associated with an increased mortality (odds ratio = 1.91, P = .012). Follow-up cultures were positive in approximately 20% of patients, and the rate was constant over time. The development of a positive blood or urine culture during follow-up correlated with the occurrence of cytomegalovirus retinitis in the contralateral eye in those patients with unilateral disease at diagnosis (odds ratio = 5.74, P = .001). CONCLUSIONS: Patients with cytomegalovirus retinitis and positive blood cultures for cytomegalovirus have a poorer prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-549
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume126
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1998

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Cytomegalovirus Retinitis
Cytomegalovirus
Urine
Retinitis
Odds Ratio
Epidemiologic Studies
Prospective Studies
Mortality
Blood Culture

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Cytomegalovirus retinitis and viral resistance : 3. Culture results. / Jabs, Douglas; Enger, Cheryl; Dunn, J. P.; Forman, Michael; Hubbard, Larry.

In: American Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 126, No. 4, 10.1998, p. 543-549.

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Jabs, Douglas ; Enger, Cheryl ; Dunn, J. P. ; Forman, Michael ; Hubbard, Larry. / Cytomegalovirus retinitis and viral resistance : 3. Culture results. In: American Journal of Ophthalmology. 1998 ; Vol. 126, No. 4. pp. 543-549.
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