Infectious Disease Compendium

BK Virus

Microbiology

A Pollyanna virus, it always sees the best in everyone. Sorry. It’s a polyoma virus.

Has decoy cells in the urine.

Epidemiologic Risks

Reactivates in transplant patients, usually 9 to 12 months after transplant. Not found in the Whopper, despite the name (BK was the initials of the first patient in which it was discovered).

Syndromes

Hemorrhagic cystitis, reactivation can accelerate rejection and uteteral stenosis.

Treatment

Maybe cidofovir (PubMed) (PubMed).

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