- The PlexBKV blood test measures cell-based immunity to the BK virus, a type of polyoma virus.
- The BK virus can cause infection in any age group. Symptoms can be mild. After infection, the virus can persist in the body. The virus can reactivate in individuals with immune systems which have been weakened by disease and immunosuppressive drugs.
- In kidney transplant recipients the BK virus can infect the transplanted kidney. This condition is called BK nephropathy. If unchecked, BK nephropathy can cause the kidney to fail.
- Reducing immunosuppression can help lower BK virus levels in urine and blood. In some patients, these levels are unaffected and the organ can experience rejection.
- BK virus infection is accompanied by the loss of cell-based immunity to EBV.
- Knowledge about immunity to the BK virus can help physicians determine when to start, stop, or continue therapy.
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The PlexBKV blood test measures cell-based immunity to the BK virus, a type of polyoma virus.