How is CMV esophagitis treated?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MBBS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) esophagitis is treated differently from HIV esophagitis. However, these two entities cannot be reliably differentiated on the basis of the clinical and radiographic findings; thus, endoscopy is required for a definitive diagnosis before patients are treated. When multiple esophageal biopsy specimens, brushings, and/or viral cultures are obtained, endoscopy has a sensitivity of greater than 95% in the diagnosis of CMV esophagitis.

CMV esophagitis is usually treated with ganciclovir and foscarnet, which are potent antiviral agents that have significant bone marrow and renal toxicities, respectively.

See Cytomegalovirus Esophagitis for complete information on this topic.

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