Who Sees CMV Retinitis Anymore?

September 8, 2009

When I was a resident (1989-1992), I saw a fair amount of CMV retinitis, and AIDS patients were dying at a rapid clip- it was sad and awful. Today, I think residents hardly ever see CMV retinitis, and would not recognize the classic “pizza” retina. Kudos go to the drug companies and scientists who have made AIDS merely a nuisance for so many in the developed world( this is a double-edged sword, as many take AIDS too lightly now, convinced that they can live with it)- at the height of the epidemic, this would have sounded outrageous.

 

 



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  • I agree with Dr. Weitzer. I was a resident 89-92 and saw much more CMV retinitis than in fellowship (probably due to difference in demographics of Washington DC and Memphis, TN). Even in practice (Baltimore, MD and Fairfax, VA), as a retina specialist, I don’t see a case but once every couple of years.

    Randall V. Wong, M.D.

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