Isolation of mycoplasmas requires specialised transport medium and culture conditions. A specialist laboratory is best contacted for guidance. In general, however, culture for mycoplasmas is not indicated. The organism is sensitive to antibiotics including tetracycline and tylosin, but not to antibiotics such as penicillin which inhibit cell wall synthesis. Thus, in intractable cases of conjunctivitis where either Chlamydia or mycoplasmas might be involved, tetracycline is the drug of choice.
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