Category Archives: BK virus

My brother 54 has undergone kidney transplant surgery in Sep 2017. But he got fever few weeks ago and kidney biopsy shows shows BK viral infection. May I know, is it curable?

BK virus infection of the kidney can cause rejection of the kidney. In most cases, the amount of immune suppression medications must be decreased and carefully monitored in order for the virus to be cleared from the system. Treatment of … Continue reading

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My father had a kidney transplant 2 years ago. He is suffering from urine infection and BKV virus from long time. Yesterday creatinine report was 3.5 and hemoglobin was 6.5. He is also a path of diabetes and BP. Please help what to do? Why creatinine is increasing ?

Patients who suffer from BK virus infection in the urine often develop chronic transplant glomerulopathy and this can lead to transplant failure.  Treating chronic BK virus infection is very difficult. I can only recommend that your father continue to follow … Continue reading

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I am transplant patient. It has been 6 months since my transplant. Now my serum creatinine had increased to 1.8. The doctor did a biopsy. The biopsy report BK virus positive but blood viral load below 100/ml. Now the doctor suggests to take Leflunomide for two weeks but still the creatinine the same. Please provide me with a consultation.

I am unable to provide medical advice without performing a complete history and physical examination.  I suggest that you continue to consult with your transplant physician.  There are several different ways to evaluate and treat BK virus activation in a … Continue reading

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