Urine cytology findings in BK associated nephropathy

Urine cytology findings in BK associated nephropathy

What does urine cytology show in BK associated nephropathy?

Cytologic examination of the urine can detect BK-infected cells (“decoy cells”). These characteristic cells have enlarged nuclei with a single, basophilic, intranuclear inclusion.

Identification of decoy cells is sensitive, but not specific, for the diagnosis of BK-associated nephropathy.

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