Aproximately 80% of the population contains a latent form of BK virus, which manifests in cases of immunosupression. BKV DNA is detectable in urine prior to plasma and hence serves as an indication of impending BKV nephropathy. Viral loads >100,000 copies / ml in urine also indicate a risk for BKV Nephropathy.
Sample Mon / Thu by 11 am; Report Wed / Sat
Disorders of Kidney
No special preparation required
Real Time PCR
3 ml (2 ml min) plasma from 1 Lavender Top (EDTA) tube OR 15 ml (5 mL min.) random urine in a sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated or frozen.