Department of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia. University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. Department of Infectious Diseases, Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, Australia.
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2022
Cytomegalovirus is the leading infectious cause of congenital neurological disabilities. Valaciclovir and CMV hyperimmune globulin may reduce vertical transmission and sequelae in neonates. A systematic review on valaciclovir and CMV hyperimmune globulin in preventing vertical transmission or reducing sequelae in neonates was conducted to 3 September 2021. Valaciclovir as a preventative strategy was supported by a well-conducted randomised controlled trial.
Evidence supporting valaciclovir as a treatment strategy was limited to observational studies at moderate risk of bias. CMV hyperimmune globulin was not supported as a preventative strategy in two RCTs, which contrasted with observational studies. Evidence favouring CMV hyperimmune globulin as a treatment strategy was limited to observational studies at moderate risk of bias. The role of valaciclovir and CMV hyperimmune globulin in CMV infection in pregnancy is still being defined. Valaciclovir to prevent vertical transmission has the highest quality evidence in favour of use.