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    Ureaplasma urealyticum

    Ureaplasma urealyticum

    Characteristics

    • Opportunistic pathogen

    Reservoirs

    ·         Humans (only reservoir, normal flora of the female genital tract)

    Transmission

    ·         Sexual

    Toxins

    • None in particular

    Diseases

     In Males

    • Second most common cause of non-gonococcal urethritis (after
    • Chlamydia trachomatis)
    • Prostatitis and epididymitis

    In Females

    • Second most common cause of non-gonococcal urethritis and
    • cervicitis (after Chlamydia trachomatis)
    • pelvic inflammatory disease, tuboovarian abscesses, ectopic
    • pregnancies and infertility

    In Both Males and Females

    • cystitis and pyelonephritis
    • wound infections (primarily if surgical)
    • infective arthritis
    • septicemia

    In Neonates

    • neonatal interstitial pneumonitis
    • neonatal meningitis
    • septicemia

    Treatment

    • Tetracyclines in conjunction with third generation cephalosporins
    • (if non-gonococcal urethritis and/or cervicitis, due to the possibility
    • that the urethritis and/or cervicitis may be of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and/or Chlamydia trachomatis origin)
    • Tetracycline (if all other diseases)

     

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