Mycoplasma, Large Colony

Sunquest Code:MYCOP  
Epic Code:LAB3627Epic Name:Mycoplasma Large Colony Culture
Synonyms:Mycoplasma Species (not Mycoplasma pneumoniae); Mycoplasma hominis
Test Includes:Culture for large colony Mycoplasma species (not Mycoplasma pneumoniae)
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 7 days.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:See collection instructions.
Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:BD Universal Transport Media
Collection Instructions:
  • Sterile body fluids (CSF, synovial, amniotic, pleural)
  • Tissue (lung, lymph node, placenta, endometrial, autopsy, joint, brain)
  • Respiratory (sputum, bronchial, tracheal, nasopharyngeal or throat swabs)
  • Urine
  • Urogenital (vaginal cervical, urethral swabs or secretions)
  • Blood - contact Microbiology Laboratory for special instructions.
  • Urine and other body fluids may be collected in a sterile container.
  • Sterile tissue should be placed in UTM transport media to prevent drying. Do not use M4-RT.
  • Swabs: calcium alginate, Dacron or polyester swabs with aluminum or plastic shafts are preferred. Wooden shaft cotton swabs should be avoided because of potential inhibitory effects. If a swab is used for collection of specimen, it should be placed immediately in UTM transport media, agitate the swab in the medium, express the fluid against the side of the vial and discard the swab.
Causes for Rejection:Urine received in grey top transport container, M4-RT (room temperature) transport media, tissue or endotracheal tubing not received in M4/UTM transport media.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator if <24 hours; otherwise freeze at -70C.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature to arrive within 24 hours. Alternatively, ship frozen on dry ice.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:
No Large Colony Mycoplasma isolated.  

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