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cytomegalic inclusion disease

 

Definition: caused by cytomegalovirus, a member of the Herpesviridae family; the presence of inclusion bodies within the cytoplasm and nuclei of enlarged cells of various organs of newborn infants dying with jaundice, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, purpura, thrombocytopenia, and fever; the condition also occurs, at all ages, as a complication of other diseases in which immune mechanisms are severely depressed, and has been found incidentally in salivary gland epithelium, apparently as a localized or mild infection (salivary gland virus disease).

Synonym(s): cytomegalovirus disease, inclusion body disease

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