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J Pediatr. 2009 Nov;155(5):749-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.04.033.

Retrospective diagnosis of congenital cytomegalovirus infection at a school for the deaf by using preserved dried umbilical cord.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Nagasaki University Hospital, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan.


A retrospective diagnosis of congenital cytomegalovirus infection was made for 3 of 26 students (12%) with either bilateral profound or severe sensorineural hearing loss at a School for the Deaf in Japan by detecting viral DNA with real-time polymerase chain reaction from dried umbilical cords that had been preserved at home.

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