EMAIL THIS PAGE TO A FRIEND

The American journal of the medical sciences

BK virus in the kidney transplant patient.


PMID 23698093

Abstract

BK virus, a member of the polyomavirus family, is a well-recognized cause of irreversible graft failure after kidney transplantation. Awareness of the relationship between BK infection and immunosuppression along with better understanding of its pathogenesis has contributed to increasing rates of its diagnosis. Current therapies are aimed at early diagnosis, limiting inflammation caused by the virus and elimination of the virus through different strategies. The epidemiology, pathogenesis and the different modalities of therapy available are discussed in this review along with the approach to retransplantation in the setting of graft failure from BK infection.