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Moving Closer to Universal CMV (Cytomegalovirus) Newborn Screening

Course: #33997Level: Intermediate1 Hour 220 Reviews
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Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the most common congenital infection in newborns and is a leading cause of hearing loss in children. Most infants with congenital CMV are asymptomatic at birth, but at risk for developing hearing impairment. With improved diagnostic testing for congenital CMV and more widespread recognition of the importance of early identification of infants at risk for hearing loss, there is increasing interest to screen all newborn infants for congenital CMV. This presentation will review the epidemiology and outcome of congenital CMV and the testing modalities to screen newborn infants. In addition, the current movement towards more widespread targeted and universal screening for congenital CMV will be discussed.

Course created on December 11, 2019

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ACAud/1.0; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; IACET/0.1; IHS/1.0; Kansas, LTS-S0035/1.0; NZAS/1.0; SAC/1.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course learners will be able to describe the clinical spectrum and outcomes of congenital cytomegalovirus infection.
  • checkmarkAfter this course learners will be able to describe the appropriate diagnostic test to screen and diagnose congenital CMV in the newborn infant.
  • checkmarkAfter this course learners will be able to explain how to evaluate infant with congenital CMV and understand treatment recommendations for congenital CMV infection.
  • checkmarkAfter this course learners will be able to describe the difference between targeted and universal newborn CMV screening.


0-15 Minutes Incidence, symptoms and clinical presentation of CMV; Review of the most common sequelae which are hearing loss, opthamologic and cognitive impairment.
15-30 Minutes Initiatives of legislative updates on CMV screening legislation comparing targeted and universal screening; Benefits and limitations of three CMV screening and diagnostic test using saliva, urine and DBS (dried blood spot); Comparison of viral loads and sensitivity and specificity of the screening methods
30-50 Minutes Target vs Universal screening identification and intervention; Predictors of hearing loss in cases of symptomatic and asymptomic congential CMV; Other treatment options available including Early Intervention enrollment and follow-up audiological testing; Treatment options with Ganciclovir or Valganciclovir based on the classification of CMV – symptomic vs asymptomic with or without symptoms
50-60 Minutes Elements for comprehensive evaluation and treatment for symptomatic and asymptomatic infants with CMV. Limitations of target CMV screening; Challenges of universal CMV screening and follow-up; Current research being done to monitor the impact of universal vs. target screening and the treatment options available.


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Dr. Shannon Ross is a paid guest presenter for Natus Medical Incorporated. Non-financial: Dr. Shannon Ross has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Otometrics North America, a division of Natus (formerly Audiology Systems) in partnership with AudiologyOnline.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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