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Molluscum contagiosum

Contributor: Alison Bozung, OD

Photographer: Jody Troyer, CRA

Posted March 8, 2018

These dome-shaped, umbilicated skin lesions, caused by the poxvirus, are seen most commonly in children or immunocompromised individuals. This individual was being treated for human immunodeficiency virus, with a CD4 count less than 50 cells/mm3.

Molluscum contagiosum lesion

Molluscum contagiosum lesion

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Posted July 21, 2013

Molluscum contagiosum

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Molluscum contagiosum, lesion close-up

Molluscum lesions appear as shiny white or yellow papules with a central umbilication. They are caused by the poxvirus and can result in follicular conjunctivitis due to shedding of toxic viral particles.


Contributor: Meagan Seay, DO and Nasreen Syed, MD

Posted June 16, 2013

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by the poxvirus and appears clinically as a waxy, dome-shaped nodule with a central umbilication. It may cause follicular conjunctivitis, if not treated. Histologically, eosinophilic inclusion bodies containing virus migrate to the surface and release viral particles.

Molluscum Contagiosum

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last updated: 07/21/2013; addition made 03/8/2018
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