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Pediatr Nephrol. 1996 Feb;10(1):73-5.

Nephrotic syndrome in a mother and her infant: relationship with cytomegalovirus infection.

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Department of Pediatrics II, University of Milan, Italy.


This case report describes infantile nephrotic syndrome (NS) in a baby girl with a clinically severe cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Culture of the baby's urine was positive for CMV and IgM anti-CMV antibodies were detected. After an unsuccessful course of corticosteroids, gancyclovir treatment was started and a remission of cutaneous, pulmonary, and renal symptoms was achieved. As the mother also developed NS at the end of pregnancy, a common etiology could be postulated, although there were no signs of recent CMV infection in the mother, only anti-CMV IgG. The relationship between CMV infection and glomerular disease is still unclear; NS may represent another manifestation of CMV disease.

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