Mycoplasma is a bacterium that infects the urethra, cervix, throat, and anal mucosa. Mycoplasma infections in the urinary and reproductive system are caused by Mycoplasma genitalium and Mycoplasma hominis. These two kinds of mycoplasma are usually found in the urinary and reproductive systems. Approximately 40-70% of patients have no symptoms, 15-20% of non-gonococcal urethritis and 30% of recurrent urinary tract infections are caused by Mycoplasma infections in the urinary and reproductive system. Research shows that in 2020, about 7.8% of women in Hong Kong will be infected with Mycoplasma in the urinary and reproductive system, about 10% of symptomatic non-gonococcal urethritis and 2% of asymptomatic non-gonococcal urethritis are related to the urinary and reproductive system. Related to mycoplasma infection. The survey showed that about 7% of people who had had anal sex had mycoplasma infection (asymptomatic), while some 1% of oral mycoplasma infections (asymptomatic)

Mycoplasma drug resistance

Mycoplasma genitalium is the smallest bacterium known. It is estimated that about 1-2% of the population carry this bacterium, especially among teenagers and young adults. In the 2020 study, 48.6% of patients infected with Mycoplasma genitalium contained both macrolide and fluoroquinolone resistance-related mutations1. The biggest problem with Mycoplasma genitalium is that it has high drug resistance. Some patients receive a course of antibiotics from a doctor after they develop symptoms. Sometimes it is difficult to kill the highly drug-resistant Mycoplasma genitalium. As a result, they are repeatedly infected and are more likely to be more resistant. Some researchers have warned that Mycoplasma genitalium has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, including azithromycin and doxycycline. Researchers worry that it will become more widespread due to its increasing resistance2.

Related Mycoplasma Genitalium Drug Sensitivity Test

The resistance levels of Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum to antibacterial agents are quite different. However, the resistance rate of Mycoplasma hominis strains is generally higher than that of Ureaplasma Urealyticum strains.

Drug resistance of Mycoplasma hominis & Ureaplasma Urealyticum

For Mycoplasma hominis

Ciprofloxacin has the highest drug resistance rate (77.27%), followed by macrolides (azithromycin 38.88%, clarithromycin and erythromycin 33.33%) and ofloxacin Ofloxacin (27.77%). The resistance rates of tetracycline, josamycin, protomycin, and doxycycline were low, which were 16.66%, 11.11%, 11.11%, and 11.11%, respectively.

Ureaplasma urealyticum resistance

The resistance rate of ciprofloxacin is also very high (51.72%), while the resistance rate to other antibiotics tested is significantly lower, namely ofloxacin (16.09%), red mold (16.09%), clarithromycin (9.19%), azithromycin (8.05%), tetracycline (5.75%), protomycin (3.45%), josamycin (2.3%) and doxycycline (2.3%) ) 2.30%) 3

Strengthen the detection of mycoplasma

If testing is strengthened, it can help prevent Super Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria. In fact, the method to detect this bacterium is very simple. As long as the urine, cervix, and vaginal swabs (swabs) are tested, the diagnosis can be made.

Importance of pathogen cultivation and drug sensitivity testing

Pathogen cultivation (seeding bacteria) allows the pathogen to multiply rapidly in the culture medium, which further helps diagnose whether it is infected by the pathogen. Drug susceptibility testing is to test the resistance of pathogens to a series of antibiotics. In terms of treatment, if the drug resistance of the bacteria is clear, doctors can avoid the use of related antibiotics to make the treatment course more effective and reduce the patient's unnecessary suffering.

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(REF: Molecular detection of Mycoplasma genitalium in endocervical swabs and associated rates of macrolide and fluoroquinolone resistance in Hong Kong. 2020
(REF: Yu JT, Tang WY, Lau KH, et al. Role of Mycoplasma genitalium and Ureaplasma urealyticum in non-gonococcal urethritis in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Med J 2008;14:125-9. Pubmed ID: 18382019)
(ref: Symptoms, Sites, and Significance of Mycoplasma genitalium in Men Who Have Sex with Men. 2019. )
(ref: Prevalence of Mycoplasma genitalium by anatomical site in men who have sex with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 2020. )



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