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Ureaplasma urealyticum, Ureaplasma parvum, PCR
Specimens should be delivered to the laboratory as soon as possible.
Do not use calcium alginate or wooden shaft swabs.
Samples should be taken without contact with antiseptics or lubricants.
Specimen source is required.
For more information on Specimen Collection Media/Swab, see Specimen Transport Pictorial.
Vaginal Swab: Collect specimen by swabbing back and forth over mucosa surface to maximize recovery of cells. Place swab back into swab cylinder.
Urethra or Cervical Swab: Collect specimen by inserting swab 1 to 3 cm and rotating 360 degrees. Place swab back into swab cylinder.
Wound Swab: Collect specimen by swabbing back and forth over wound surface to maximize recovery of cells. Place swab back into swab cylinder.
Synovial fluid: Send specimen in original tube.
Urine: Urine first void: Specimen can be collected at any time during the day. The patient should not have urinated for at least 1 hour prior to specimen collection. The first voided portion is the initial 20 to 30 mL of the urine stream obtained without cleaning the external urethra.
Tissue: Collect fresh tissue specimen. Submit fresh tissue only, do not add fluid to tissue. Refrigerate or freeze specimen.
Interfering substances may affect the accuracy of this assay; results should always be interpreted in conjunction with clinical and epidemiological findings.
Since Ureaplasma species may be part of the normal flora, results should be interpreted accordingly.