BK Virus (Polyomavirus)




  • BK virus is detected by PCR.
  • Tested following specific request.
  • Often associated with deterioration in renal function in immunocompromised patients, e.g.  following renal transplant.
  • For initial testing send both urine and EDTA samples.
  • Follow up EDTA samples are required for patients with positive results, as indicated in the reference laboratory report.

Sample requirements



Urine - 30 mL sterile universal container





4ml of blood taken into an EDTA Tube

30mL sterile universal container

4 mL EDTA tube

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Samples are sent to the Regional Reference Centre

Up to 7 days

Page last reviewed: 28/08/2014