Vascular disease in people of advanced age can be caused in part by immune responses triggered by the cytomegalovirus. The cytomegalovirus, a member of the herpes virus family, rarely causes symptoms in people with normal immune function. However, it can be an issue in those with weaker immune systems such as geriatric patients.
Viral infections are important contributory factors leading to disease state in lupus. Through PBMC testing, scientists show that CMV is a culprit as well.