Molecular screening for Ureaplasma urealyticum is a fast, specific and sensitive way of detecting this particular microorganism from a variety of biological materials.
Ureaplasma, like mycoplasmas, belong to the Mollicutes class. Ureaplasma urealyticum has recently been divided into two species, Ureaplasma parvum and Ureaplasma urealyticum. Ureaplasma urealyticum belongs to the common pathogens that cause urinary tract infections and can be found in about 60% of sexually active people. Although low in pathogenicity, Ureaplasma urealyticum is believed to be associated with a number of diseases in humans.
In men, Ureaplasma can cause nonspecific urethritis, urethritis, orchitis and prostatitis. Infection by Ureaplasma urealyticum can lead to a decrease in sperm zinc (Zn) and selenium (Se) and consequently a decrease in sperm quality. In women, it can cause cervicitis, endometritis, salpingitis, non-specific urethritis, chorioamnonitis, stillbirth, premature birth and puberty, pneumonia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and meningitis. It can also cause the trumpets to become narrower and can lead to infertility in severe cases. However, given the relatively low pathogenicity of the organism, its role in some of these diseases remains controversial. Ureaplasma is one of the causes of aseptic purine.
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. Correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
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