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CMV esophagitis

  • Definition

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) esophagitis is a viral infection of the esophagus, the muscular tube through which food travels from the mouth to the stomach.

    See also:

    • CMV gastroenteritis
    • CMV retinitis
    • Cytomegalovirus - immunocompromised host
    • Congenital cytomegalovirus

    Alternative Names

    Cytomegalovirus esophagitis


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    CMV esophagitis is caused by the cytomegalovirus (CMV).

    The condition is often a sign of a weakened immune system. The following conditions raise your risk for CMV infections:

    • HIV/AIDS
    • Chemotherapy
    • Diabetes
    • Leukemia or lymphoma
    • Organ transplants
    • Other conditions that suppress or weaken your immune system