Mycoplasma genitalium RNA-TMA

The Mycoplasma genitalium assay is an in vitro nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the qualitative detection of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) from Mycoplasma genitalium. It is intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of M. genitalium urogenital infections in male and female patients. This assay is available Mon to Fri. Please Note: This test is not UKAS accredited.
Clinical details: 
M. genitalium is a sexually-transmitted gram-negative bacterium belonging to the class Mollicutes. M. genitalium has a cell membrane but no cell wall and lives on and in the
epithelial cells of the urinary and genital tracts of men and women. M. genitalium infections largely go unrecognized, and infected individuals are either
asymptomatic or have symptoms similar to those associated with other bacterial infections of
the urogenital tract.
Reference range: 

Not applicable

Synonyms or keywords: 
Sexually-transmitted infection, STI
Qualitative - Detected/Not Detected
Sample type and Volume required: 
Aptima tube containing vaginal or rectal swabs, or urine. A "3in1" sample (throat and rectal swabs combined with urine) can also be tested.
All samples must be collected using the appropriate Aptima collection kit containing either swab(s) or urine. Note: If using Electronic Patient Record (EPR) please order "Sample for Molecular Investigations"
Turnaround time: 
3 working days
Special sample instructions: 

To collect "3in1" samples, place both rectal and throat swabs into a yellow Aptima urine tube and express the swabs into the liquid. Remove and discard BOTH swabs. Next, add the urine into the same yellow Aptima urine tube, filling to BETWEEN the black lines.

Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Specimens can be stored and transported at ambient temperature.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 26/03/2019