What are the symptoms of a congenital CMV infection?

1 min. readlast update: 02.01.2024

If a CMV negative woman becomes infected during pregnancy, the fetus could become infected, too. This is known as a congenital infection and occurs in about one-third of cases.

Twenty percent of babies born with a CMV infection develop complications in their first few years of life. This may include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Intellectual disability
  • Small head
  • Seizures
  • Jaundice
  • Brittle teeth
  • Liver or spleen damage

No baby develops all symptoms listed above, with the majority showing no symptoms at all.


Was this article helpful?