Humpath.com - Human pathology

Home > E. Pathology by systems > Respiratory system > Lungs > BK viral pneumonia

BK viral pneumonia

Wednesday 14 September 2005

BK polyoma virus has a worldwide distribution in the human population. Primary BK infection takes place during childhood, with the virus remaining latent in many sites. Immunosuppressive states can lead to viral reactivation associated with many clinical sequelae.

Pathology

- intranuclear large basophilic viral inclusions with ground-glass appearance mainly in type II pneumocytes (16153469)

References

- Galan A, Rauch CA, Otis CN. Fatal BK polyoma viral pneumonia associated with immunosuppression. Hum Pathol. 2005 Sep;36(9):1031-4. PMID: 16153469