Final: Negative at 8-9 days. Average time to a positive: 3-4 days.
Specimen Collection Details
Urine, urethral or cervical swab, semen, biopsy tissue, or body fluid. Infants: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), tracheal or nasopharyngeal aspirate.
Urine, urethral or cervical swab, semen, biopsy tissue, CSF, tracheal or nasopharyngeal aspirate in MicroTest (M4)(blue top) or Mycoplasma/ureaplasma transport medium. Use a sterile plastic container for tissue or fluid if MicroTest (M4)(blue top) or Mycoplasma/ureaplasma transport medium is unavailable. Freeze specimen at -70° C. Indicate specimen source on requisition.
8 hours ambient, 48 hours refrigerated in Microtest (M4) (blue top) medium, or 1 month frozen at -70° C.
Frozen on dry ice.
This culture will recover both Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum, if present.
Gen-Probe or LCX transport medium; M4 RT medium (red top); dry swab; swab in Stuart’s or Amies transport medium.