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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 140-145

Ureaplasma urealyticum as a cause of non-gonococcal urethritis: the Ibadan experience

Special Treatment Clinic, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

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R A Bakare
Special Treatment Clinic, University College Hospital, Ibadan
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Two hundred and eighteen men with confirmed urethritis were investigated for Ureaplasma urealyticum at the Special Treatment Clinic, University College Hospital, Ibadan between 5th January and 28th December 2000. Sixty-four (29.35%) of the 218 patients had gonococcal urethritis whilst 154 (70.65%) had non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) out of which 22 (14.3%) had U. urealyticum urethritis and 10(6.5%) had Trichomonal urethritis. The difference in the occurrence of U. urealyticum between the patients and the control group was highly statistically significant (p<0.001). The age range of peak incidence among the patients investigated was 20-29 years. There was evidence of urethritis in all the 22 U. urealyticum positive cases as shown by the presence of increase in the number of polymorphonuclear leucocytes in the specimens collected. A significant difference in the nature of the urethral discharge in men with gonorrhoeae compared with U. urealyticum positive NGU patients was also demonstrated. Treatment of those patients found to be positive for U. urealyticum with a course of oral Tetracyline was successful but then the problems posed by the asymptomatic Ureaplasma urethritis still remained unanswered.

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