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Ureaplasma/Mycoplasma hominis Culture

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Mycoplasma hominis Genital Culture
Mycoplasma T-Strain Culture, Genital
Ureaplasma Culture
Culture, Mycoplasma hominis (Genital Specimens)
Culture, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Genital

Clinical Use:

Establish the diagnosis of Ureaplasma urealyticum infection in suspected cases of urethritis and cervicitis

Test Information:

Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma can be isolated from urethral and genital swabs and from urine of sexually active individuals. Sixty percent or more of all women asymptomatically carry U urealyticum in their genital tract. Usual prevalence of these organisms in patients with urethral symptoms also is high; thus, conclusions regarding the etiologic role of an isolate in a given patient are difficult to make. Nevertheless, Ureaplasma urealyticum has been associated with cases of nongonococcal urethritis.

Specimen Type:

Endocervical exudates or scrapings, urethral exudate, urine, endometrial washing or biopsy, fallopian tube, placenta, fetal part, semen; cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), respiratory sources from neonates

Container Type: 

Viral, Chlamydia, or Mycoplasma culture transport provided by LabCorp, or other appropriate transport medium


• Male: Collect urethral specimen on viral culture, small-tipped swab blue cap. Refrigerate and ship at 4°C.

• Female: Collect vaginal and urethral specimens with viral culture collection swab blue cap. Refrigerate and ship at 4°C.

• Semen/urine: Collect specimen in sterile, leakproof container.

Storage Instructions:

Refrigerate and ship at 4°C.

Rejection Criteria

Bacterial swab specimen; specimen received in grossly leaking transport container; dry specimen; specimen submitted in fixative or additive; specimen received in expired transport media or incorrect transport device; inappropriate specimen transport conditions; specimen received after prolonged delay in transport (usually more than 72 hours); specimen stored or transported at room temperature; wooden shaft swab in transport device; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label

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