Q. Will CMV cause symptoms like numbness, tremors in hands and eye floaters?

Answered by
Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 12, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have occasional needle pin in hands and numbness. Mild itchy rash on nose and both upper shoulders (still there and barely visible). I also have slight hand tremors, increased permanent floaters in both eyes. I have CMV IgG 55 (recent infection). All STD, HIV, hepatitis, EBV, and HSV 1 and 2 are negative. Could CMV cause all these in an immunocompetent person?

Ophthalmologist said that my eyes are perfect after an examination. Neurologist did a nerve conductivity test and said all reports normal. Infection specialist did western blot for HIV 1 and 2 at 16 weeks after symptoms started and said it is negative. HIV combo antibody and antigen also negative. If it is CMV, what is the treatment?

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Hi,

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Answer to your queries are:

CMV IgG positivity indicates past infection. The exposure to CMV (cytomegalovirus) might have been there some weeks to years earlier. CMV is common in general infection and up to 60% are IgG positive. Sero- positivity percentage increases with age. Treatment for CMV is not given based on CMV IgG positivity. I suggest you to get following to rule out active CMV infection:

1. pp65 antigen.

2. ELISA CMV IgM.

3. CMV quantitative test.

4. Repeat your CMV IgG titers at least after six weeks of the above tests.

I suggest you to do thyroid profile, serum vitamin B12, and D3 tests. You can send pictures of your rashes for further assessment.

I hope this helps.


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