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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Ureaplasma urealyticum PCR

Test Name

Ureaplasma urealyticum PCR

Gene Name

MB antigen

Test Code



Molecular Microbiology - Bacterial


Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

Alternate assessment procedure

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days


  • Neonatal pneumonia
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Specimen Type

  • Nasopharyngeal aspirate
  • Lower respiratory specimens

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • Nasopharyngeal swab in universal transport medium
  • Sterile screw top container for respiratory specimens  


  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice.
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs

Special Requirements

* Not Health Canada approved

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212