urethral swab


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urethral swab

Etymology: Gk, ourethra + D, zwabber
an absorbent pad on a slender rod used to treat lesions or to remove secretions.

urethral swab

A slender cotton-tipped applicator used to collect a specimen, treat ulcers, or remove secretions. The male urethral swab is a rod about 7 in. (17.8 cm) long.
See also: swab
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Culture for Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplama urealyticum: From plain PPLO broth used for transport of urethral swabs, 1 ml of the broth was passed into PPLO broth made selective for M.
Nancy Katz, President of Calypte, said, &uot;This innovative testing service will be a welcome alternative for patients who shy away from testing for STDs because the traditional testing methods - blood draws and cervical or urethral swabs - are invasive and often painful.
The APTIMA Combo 2 Assay is able to simultaneously detect and differentiate the presence of CT and NG in urine samples from both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals and in endocervical and male urethral swab specimens.
This is a significant improvement over the traditional detection method used in males that utilizes a urethral swab," said Steven T.
On men, the tests used urine and urethral swab specimens.
However, culture itself could be made more accurate by restricting testing to cervical and urethral swabs.
However, until now, male rapid tests for Chlamydia have been relatively inaccurate and involved urethral swabs, which can cause discomfort.
For example, outreach programs can now provide STI testing in settings where women do not undergo pelvic examinations or where men do not have urethral swabs collected.
Polymerase chain reaction on urine alone or urine plus cervical cells is superior to enzyme immunoassay on combined cervical and urethral swabs.
And just as important, patients avoid the discomfort associated with blood draws, pelvic exams and urethral swabs.
North Jutland intends to acquire a fully automated nucleic opformeringssystem that can analyze urines, cervical, vaginal and urethral swabs for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG).