Cervicitis is an inflammation of the cervix and can be related to sexually transmitted infections. It may be caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis and Mycoplasma genitalium. Most women are asymptomatic. For those that present with symptoms, the symptoms are vaginal discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding and pain during intercourse. A panel will help the clinician identify if the woman has an STI as the cause of Cervicitis.
Urine: Patient should not have urinated within one hour prior to
Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to
providing the specimen.
Vaginal swab: Follow instructions in the APTIMA(R)
Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit (orange label)
or an APTIMA(R) Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection Kit
Endocervical Swab: Follow instructions in the APTIMA(R)
Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit (white label). In females,
to ensure collection of cells infected with N.
gonorrhoeae/C. trachomatis, columnar epithelial cells
lining the endocervix should be obtained. Excess mucus
should be removed prior to sampling.
Female urine: Direct patient to provide first-catch urine
(a maximum of 20-30 mL of the initial urine stream) into
a urine collection cup free of any preservatives. 2 mL of
urine specimen must be transferred into the APTIMA(R)
specimen transport within 24 hours of collection and before
being assayed. Use tube provided in the urine specimen collection
kit. The fluid (urine plus transport media)
level in the urine tube must fall within the clear pane on the tube
Preservcyt(R): Transfer 1 mL of Preservcyt(R) solution into
APTIMA(R) specimen transfer tube (green label) or APTIMA(R)
vaginal collection tube (orange label) or Multitest Collection
Tube (orange label) or Unisex swab specimen collection kit
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Reject Criteria: Transport tubes with 2 swabs; transport tubes with Non-APTIMA(R) swabs; swab transport tubes with no swab; swab or urine submitted in Non-APTIMA(R) transport tube; urine samples where the fluid level is not between the black fill lines; raw urine; ThinPrep(R) vial; male urine Transport Temperature: Room temperature Methodology: Transcription-Mediated Amplification, Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction