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Universal newborn congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) screening

Universal newborn congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) screening

It is estimated that 1 in every 200 US newborns have congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV).  Delayed identification of cCMV in newborns precludes timely intervention to mitigate sequelae of the infection such as hearing loss and other neurological complications. Newborn testing for cCMV enables appropriate diagnosis and intervention by multidisciplinary teams to properly manage the immediate consequences of cCMV, avoid unnecessary additional testing that can result from delayed diagnosis, and monitor for future complications. It is the position of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery that universal newborn cCMV screening is necessary to best accomplish these goals.

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