How should specimens be obtained for molecular testing in the workup of chlamydial genitourinary infections (chlamydia)?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Because C trachomatis grows only within columnar cells, obtaining a specimen that contains cells directly from the urethra or cervix, not on pooled vaginal secretions, is important. In obtaining cells along with discharge, attempt to apply pressure to the inside of the cervix or urethra. In males, insert collection swabs 1-2 cm into the urethra after the urethra is milked to bring down secretions. Always follow the directions of the manufacturer of the kit used for collection, and follow transport instructions.


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