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ANSWER: B Decoy cells are epithelial cells containing intranuclear viral inclusions in urine. They are not specific for polyomavirus nephritis, but when present they may indicate polyoma infection of urinary tract. Decoy cells are easily identified in routine Papanicolaou stained urine cytology specimens, and can be identified in unstained sediment by phase-contrast microscopy. In Papanicolaou stained cytology smears, Decoy cells are comet-shaped with large basophilic, amorphous, homogeneous, ground-glass like intranuclear inclusion bodies and a condensed rim of chromatin. REFERENCE: Singh HK, Bubendorf L, Mihatsch MJ, Drachenberg CB, Nickeleit V. (2006) Urine Cytology Findings of Polyomavirus Infections. In: Ahsan N. (eds)...

BK Nephritis

The patient is a 45-year-old male with a past medical history significant for ESKD secondary to IgA nephropathy S/P renal transplant (3 years ago). He has been in his normal state of health but presented with an abnormal creatinine of 2.5 mg/dL on routine examination. His BK viral load was elevated at 25,000 copies in the serum. Figure 1 shows a normal glomerulus, figure 2 shows severe interstitial inflammation, figures 3 & 4 show marked tubulitis, and figure 5 shows a SV40 positive stain. This is a case of BK nephritis. BK virions are non-enveloped double-stranded DNA viruses. In immunohistochemistry,...

Polyomavirus Nephropathy in Native Kidney

Polyomavirus nephropathy (PVN), predominantly caused by BK virus reactivation in the urogenital tract, is an important complication of renal allografts (reference 1). While it rarely affects the native kidney, it may be seen in the setting of chronic immunosuppression, including bone marrow transplantation, HIV infection, chemotherapy and in the setting of other solid organ transplants (reference 2). The case shown is from a 69-year-old female with a history of sarcoidosis and cirrhosis who is now 5 years post liver transplant. The patient is currently being evaluated for a progressive increase in serum creatinine. The biopsy shows significant, non-specific tubulointerstitial scarring...