Data Interpretation: Case number 1 (Virology)

This is a new sub-section I am introducing, and posts will be found/filed under the Education menu. It will cover different areas in microbiology, so some may not directly apply to your field, but if you want to extend your knowledge…

Case Number 1:


A pregnant woman of 20 weeks gestation presents to her GP with a 2 week history of general malaise, sore throat and swollen glands in her neck. Her GP orders CMV serology. Her CMV IgM is low reactive and CMV IgG is moderately reactive.

1) Why is the diagnosis of CMV infection in pregnancy important?

2) What other tests could/should the GP have requested?

3) How can the laboratory clarify whether this is a CMV infection occuring during pregnancy?

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