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BK virus semi-quantitative PCR

Alternate test name

BK Virus, Polyomavirus, BK nephropathy, hemorrhagic cystitis.

Gene name / Alternate gene name

VP1/VP2 coding region

Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
4 days.
Specimen type
  • Urine
Specimen requirements
  • 1 mL minimum for 1 test, 2-3 mL recommended for multiple tests
  • send in sterile screw top container
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Special requirements


Disease condition
  • hemorrhagic cystitis
  • BK nephropathy
  • Monitoring of transplant patients


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