The incidence of Ureaplasma urealyticum in endourethral swabs was compared with that in first voided urine specimens from 171 male patients. The organism was isolated from the urethras of 72 (42%) and from the urine of 66 (39%). The interval since last voiding urine did not significantly influence the incidence of infection or ureaplasma counts in either type of specimen. Urethritis was strongly associated with ureaplasma counts of greater than or equal to 5 x 10(5) colour changing units (ccu)/ml in the urethra and greater than or equal to 5 x 10(3) ccu/ml in urine.
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