Mycoplasma genitalium RNA-TMA

Qualitative transcription mediated amplification (TMA) assay for the detection of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) from Mycoplasma genitalium in vaginal and rectal swabs as well as urine and "3in1" samples. This assay is available routinely Mon to Fri.
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 infections, STI, asymptomatic infection
Sample type and Volume required: 
Vaginal and rectal swabs and 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 or urine. Urine samples must be filled between the black lines on the Aptima urine tube. For swabs place only the sample swab into the Aptima swab tube, NOT the cleaning swab. Avoid piercing the aluminium sample caps as these need to be intact prior to analyser piercing to prevent sample contamination.
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). Samples DO NOT require refrigeration.
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 17/11/2018