The IgG avidity value for the prediction of congenital cytomegalovirus infection in a prospective cohort study

Yasuhiko Ebina 1 , Toshio Minematsu 2 , Ayako Sonoyama 1 , Ichiro Morioka 3 , Naoki Inoue 4 , Shinya Tairaku 1 , Satoshi Nagamata 1 , Kenji Tanimura 1 , Mayumi Morizane 1 , Masashi Deguchi 1  and Hideto Yamada 1
  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan
  • 2 Research Center for Disease Control, Aisenkai Nichinan Hospital, Miyazaki, Japan
  • 3 Department of Pediatrics, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan
  • 4 National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Department of Virology I, Tokyo, Japan
Yasuhiko Ebina, Toshio Minematsu, Ayako Sonoyama, Ichiro Morioka, Naoki Inoue, Shinya Tairaku, Satoshi Nagamata, Kenji Tanimura, Mayumi Morizane, Masashi Deguchi and Hideto Yamada


Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) causes congenital infection with high mortality and morbidity rates in affected neonates.

Objectives: To evaluate the maternal IgG avidity value for the prediction of congenital CMV infection.

Study design: The serum IgG avidity in all mothers was measured, and the urine of their neonates was assessed for CMV DNA in a prospective cohort study.

Results: Of 759 women with a positive test for CMV IgG, 14 had congenital CMV infection. CMV IgG avidity indices in the congenital infection group (median 35.1%) were significantly lower than those in the non-congenital infection group (70.4%). A cutoff value of <40% IgG avidity index with 96.1% specificity and 64.3% sensitivity for congenital infection was determined by receiver operating characteristic curve analyses. The highest sensitivity (88.9%), 96.2% specificity, 27.6% positive predictive value, 99.8% negative predictive value, and 96.1% accuracy were found when IgG avidity was measured in <28 weeks of gestation.

Conclusion: The IgG avidity measurement with a cutoff value of <40% IgG avidity index might be helpful in predicting congenital CMV infection, especially in <28 weeks of gestation.

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