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J Clin Microbiol. 1975 Sep;2(3):226-30.

Prevalence of Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum (T strains) in urine of adolescents.


Adolescent children were surveyed for colonization with Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum by culturing urine specimens. Rates were compared between three study groups: (i) 397 children attending parochial schools, (ii) 293 children attending an adolescent clinic specializing in adjustment problems, and (iii) 86 children attending a renal clinic. The recovery rate was higher among postpubertal girls attending the renal clinic (33%) and the adolescent clinic (26%) than among students attending parochial high school (males 2%, females 8%). Girls had approximately eightfold higher rates than boys of the same age. Isolation of Mycoplasmataceae was associated with certain sociological determinants, such as dating, cigarette smoking, and coming from a broken home, but also with abnormal findings (protein, leucocytes) in urine.

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