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August 1951


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, St. Louis University, Dr. G. V. Stryker, chairman.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(2):208-209. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570080092018

Molluscum contagiosum is a fairly common, easily recognized type of epithelial tumor in children and young adults. In this group of subjects the lesions are practically always multiple, often appear in crops and favor the trunk, genitalia and buttocks. The pinkish, flesh-colored, pearly or yellowish white semiglobular, shiny lesions with the umbilicated centers, containing a tiny central aperture, are usually diagnosed without the aid of a biopsy.

Rarely, atypical types may come to the attention of the dermatologist: (1) the papular or acuminate, (2) the pedunculated, (3) the corneous and (4) the giant type, which may resemble squamous cell carcinoma. To this group I should like to add the senile solitary type,1 which has not received sufficient attention in the literature. R. Cranston Low2 did not discuss this phase of the subject in his excellent review.

Recently two cases of solitary molluscum contagiosum lesions in older adults have

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