Retrospective study of CMV retinitis in patients with AIDS

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2000 Jan;6(1):14-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1469-0691.2000.00009.x.


Objectives: To study the characteristics of clinical presentations and treatment outcome of patients with HIV infection who developed cytomegalovirus(CMV) retinitis.

Methods: A retrospective study for the period 1986-97 at the regional Unit of Infectious Diseases, Newcastle General Hospital; a teaching hospital in the north-east of England. Twenty-seven patients with advanced HIV disease and clinically confirmed CMV retinitis were studied. The mean age was 40.8 years, standard deviation +/-6.3 years. The male : female ratio was 25 : 2. Twenty-six of the patients were white Caucasians and one was of Afro-Caribbean origin.

Result: The median time between the first AIDS-defining diagnosis and development of CMV retinitis was 1.5 years and the CD4+ cell count at the time of diagnosis of CMV retinitis was 7/mm3. After 14 months of treatment. 80% of patients on mono antiretroviral therapy had impairment of sight (visual acuity 3/60) versus 30% for those on triple antiretroviral therapy. In the same period, the survival rate was 18 versus 70% for mono versus triple antiretroviral therapy, respectively.

Conclusion: The outcome for patients with CMV retinitis was significantly better for those who were on triple than for those on mono antiretroviral therapy.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / drug therapy*
  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / mortality
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active*
  • CD4 Lymphocyte Count
  • Cytomegalovirus Retinitis / drug therapy*
  • Cytomegalovirus Retinitis / mortality
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections / mortality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis