International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 1585–1588 | Cite as

Polyoma virus nephropathy-related mass lesion in an apparently immunocompetent patient

  • Stephanie Go
  • Michael Conlin
  • Jody E. Hooper
  • Megan L. Troxell
Nephrology – Case Report


Polyoma virus is a recognized cause of hemorrhagic cystitis, viral nephropathy, and ureteral stricture in renal and stem cell transplant recipients. Rarely, polyoma virus causes native kidney and bladder pathology in heavily immunosuppressed patients. We report a unique case of native kidney polyoma virus nephropathy, urothelial ulceration, and renal pelvic fibrosis presenting as a mass lesion in a non-debilitated, apparently immunocompetent man. Based on radiologic, ureterorenoscopic, and urine cytologic findings, a laparoscopic nephrectomy was performed. However, nephrectomy revealed a hemorrhagic scar-like lesion, with urothelial ulceration, but no neoplasm or malignancy. Histopathologic evaluation and immunostaining revealed polyoma viral infection in the nearby renal medulla. This case adds polyoma virus nephropathy to the differential diagnosis of non-neoplastic and reactive masses, which may mimic renal malignancy.


BK nephropathy Immunocompromised Polyoma virus Renal mass 



This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. The authors wish to thank Drs. Alicia Liang, Ashley Pyle, and Anuja Mittalhenkle for critical reading of the manuscript, and Dr. Nora Dobos for assistance with radiologic images.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie Go
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Conlin
    • 3
  • Jody E. Hooper
    • 1
  • Megan L. Troxell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologyOregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineOregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Division of UrologyOregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA

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