Molluscum Contagiosum



Molluscum Contagiosum


Talley Whang, MD









Flesh-colored to slightly erythematous dome-shaped papules with central umbilication image are the hallmark of molluscum contagiosum.






Low-power image reveals an ostium filled with molluscum bodies image, corresponding to the clinical umbilication.


TERMINOLOGY




ETIOLOGY/PATHOGENESIS


Infectious Agents



  • Caused by molluscum contagiosum virus (poxvirus), transmitted by skin-to-skin contact


CLINICAL ISSUES


Epidemiology



  • Age



    • Primarily affects young children, especially those with compromised epidermal barrier (i.e., atopic dermatitis)


    • Immunosuppressed individuals, especially those with HIV, are at increased risk


Presentation

Jul 8, 2016 | Posted by in PATHOLOGY & LABORATORY MEDICINE | Comments Off on Molluscum Contagiosum
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