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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR  
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 751
Estimated prevalence of BK virus infection from screening among kidney transplant recipients: A summary from an Indochina country


1 TWS Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Date of Submission28-Oct-2018
Date of Acceptance29-Oct-2018
Date of Web Publication26-Jun-2019
 

How to cite this article:
Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Estimated prevalence of BK virus infection from screening among kidney transplant recipients: A summary from an Indochina country. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2019;30:751

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Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Estimated prevalence of BK virus infection from screening among kidney transplant recipients: A summary from an Indochina country. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jul 15];30:751. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2019/30/3/751/261368


To the Editor,

BK virus has become a recognized problem in clinical nephrology. The is important because this virus can induce BK virus-associated allograft nephropathy which might result in graft loss in up to 5%[1] and therefore is a serious concern in transplantation medicine.[2] However, at present, the data on the prevalence of BK virus infection are limited. Regarding renal transplantation, the data are even more limited. Here, we have summarized the available data on the prevalence of BK virus infection from screening among kidney transplant recipients in Thailand, a tropical country in Indochina. The data from available reports[3],[4] on 500 renal transplant recipients were further analyzed for the estimation of the prevalence. Of those 500 renal transplant recipients who received screening by BK virus polymerase chain reaction test, 229 (45.8%) patients were positive. According to the statistical analysis, the estimated prevalence (95% confidence interval) is between 41.4% and 50.2%. This estimated rate is extremely high implying the necessity for further implementation of standard screening and management protocol regarding BK virus infection in renal transplant recipients.

Conflict of interest: None declared.



 
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Krejci K, Tichy T, Bednarikova J, Zamboch K, Zadrazil J. BK virus-induced renal allograft nephropathy. Biomed Pap Med Fac Univ Palacky Olomouc Czech Repub 2018;162:165-77.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.261368

PMID: 31249249

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