Mycoplasma hominis/Ureaplasma Culture : 1001865

Test Code
MHOURE or 1001865

Alias/See Also
Mycoplasma hominis Culture; Ureaplasma urealyticum Culture

CPT Codes

Note: Do not use M4RT; the room temperature formula cannot be used for mycoplasma.

Preferred Specimen(s)
Urogenital (vaginal, cervical, urethral swab vaginal secretions) collected in VCM (M5/M4) medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM) container.

Alternative Specimen(s)
Urine, sterile body fluids, tissue, wound swab, respiratory (sputum, bronchial washings, tracheobronchial secretions, bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL)/wash, nasopharyngeal swab or throat swab) collected in a VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM) container.

Respiratory: Samples are only acceptable from children under 1 year old. For adult respiratory specimens: See Mycoplasma pneumonia by PCR ( test code MPPCR).

Transport Container
Urine: Submit a 1:1 volume of uirne in VCM or equivalent transport media.

All swabs must be submitted in the VCM or equivalent transport media.

Sterile body fluids, tissue, respiratory (sputum, bronchial washing, tracheobronchial secretions, bronchial alveolar lavage): Submit a 1:1 volume in in VCM or equivalent transport media.

For Fluid and Tissue ONLY: If VCM/UTM transport media is unavailable, use a sterile, leak-proof container for tissue or fluids and transport refrigerated ASAP to the laboratory. Please arrange for a STAT pickup with client services if you do not have the transport media so that client services can notify the referrals lab who will transfer the specimen into transport media upon arrival.

Minimum: 1mL or 1 swab.

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated in transport media if transported to the lab within 48 hours.

Transport frozen if greater than 48 hours.

Specimen Stability
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen at -20 C: Unacceptable; Frozen at -70 C: 30 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Specimens collected on wooden shafted swabs, or cotton swabs. Specimen received in expired transport medium. Tissue specimen in formalin. Urine containing any preservatives. Specimens received in M4RT transport medium. Raw specimens.


Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
7-8 days (From receipt at performing laboratory)

Reference Range
Not isolated.

Clinical Significance
Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma hominis are primarily associated with genital tract colonization and disease in adults and respiratory tract colonization and disease in newborns. Though controversial, these organisms have been associated with endometritis, chorioamnionitis, premature rupture of membranes, stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight, post-partum infections, and infertility. Of particular concern is the causal relationship between central nervous system infections in the premature newborn and U. urealyticum.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.