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8/23/2022  |   2:15 PM - 2:40 PM   |  Governor General II

Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection Affects Language Abilities in Adults Asymptomatic at Birth

Objective:The long-term effects in adults with congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection are not well known, particular not in those who were asymptomatic at birth. Main objective was to analyze cognitive and language abilities in adults identified with cCMV infection in infancy during 1977-86 in Malmö, Sweden (Ahlfors et al).Methods:Individuals from the original study group and their controls were contacted for a follow-up. Assessement included two word fluency tasks (FAS, Verb). 34/71 person with cCMV and 21/50 controls were enrolled in the study. In the cCMV group, 3/34 were diagnosed with hearing loss during childhood and 2/34 had neurological disabilities, while all controls had typical development and normal hearing.Results: Preliminary results indicate a greater variation in word fluency ability outcome in the cCMV group, even in those who were asymptomatic at birth. 22% have adequate test word fluency result. The majority of the controls have results within normal range. Final study results will be presented at the conference.Conclusion: In this unique cohort we found differences in word fluency abilities not only explained by hearing loss or developmental delay, that give new knowledge also for asymptomatic infection.

  • Report new knowledge in long-term language outcome and identify differences in word fluency abilities also in individuals with asymptomatic infection.

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Karolina Falkenius Schmidt (POC-Point of Contact,Primary Presenter), karolina.falkenius@telia.com;
Consultant at the ENT-department in Lund, Skåne University Hospital, Sweden and a PhD student at the Medical Faculty, Lund University. Working as a physician in audiology and ENT surgery, specialized in cochlear implants since 2005. I have a long clinical experience of working with hearing impaired children and adults, of whom some suffer from cCMV infection. The lack of general knowledge of cCMV infection, both professionally and in the society, has led me into research.


Financial - Receives Grants for financing part of the writing process, "salary" when time off clinical duty from The study was partly financed by grants from the Swedish state under the agreement between the Swedish government and the county councils, the ALF-agreement..  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.