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BK virus, also called polyomavirus, is a virus that most people contract during childhood. The virus does not cause any problems for most people. It mostly gets transferred from one person to another during organ transplants. Most adults who have had a kidney transplant get affected by the BK virus. The virus does not cause problems until the body’s immune system weakens.
Other than patients with a history of organ transplants, the BK virus may appear with old age or any kidney related disorders. Health conditions like HIV and Diabetes can also weaken your body's immune system and increase your risk for infection.
BK virus spreads if you come in contact with infected blood or bodily fluids like saliva. The primary symptoms of the BK virus are respiratory infection or fever. The symptoms may or may not appear in the case of a mild infection.
Common symptoms of the BK virus that one should look for include:
While the symptoms of a mild BK virus may disappear on their own without any treatment, the virus can cause serious health problems if your body’s immunity system weakens. If left untreated, it can slowly spread via blood and settle in your kidney. Doctors advise getting tested for the virus if you notice any symptoms.
BK virus PCR Quantitative Test can help to detect the virus in your body. The test is required to identify and measure the BK virus in urine or blood.
The test collects blood and urine samples. Blood is drawn via venipuncture, typically from the arm. The urine test is performed first when both blood and urine samples are submitted for analysis. The blood test is cancelled if the urine test results are negative.
Since the test consists of collecting a blood sample, patients need to fast for 10-12 hours before the test.
The BK virus test is available at Apollo 24|7. You can expect the test report within 13 days. It consists of two tests under the BK virus PCR Quantitative Test-
After the BK virus PCR Quantitative Test, the doctor can also advise checking your kidneys' functioning. A kidney biopsy is done to check if your kidney is affected by the virus.
The test can help in monitoring nephropathy in transplant patients. The BK virus causes a progressive kidney transplant injury in most kidney transplant patients. Once the virus is detected, the condition can take two to three weeks to resolve.
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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results