Complications post renal transplantation: literature focus on BK virus nephropathy and diagnostic tools actually available

Virol J. 2008 Mar 3;5:38. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-5-38.


Clinical diagnosis of kidney transplants related illnesses is not a simple task. Several studies were conducted to define diseases and complications after renal transplantation, but there are no comprehensive guidelines about diagnostic tools for their prevention and detection. The Authors of this review looked for the medical literature and pertinent publications in particular to understand the role of Human Polyomavirus BK (BKV) in renal failure and to recognize analytical techniques for BK virus associated nephropathy (BKVAN) detection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • BK Virus / isolation & purification*
  • BK Virus / pathogenicity
  • Cystitis / virology
  • Graft Rejection / virology*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Polyomavirus Infections / blood
  • Polyomavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Polyomavirus Infections / urine
  • Polyomavirus Infections / virology
  • Tumor Virus Infections / blood
  • Tumor Virus Infections / diagnosis*