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March 1964

Molluscum Contagiosum Of the Glans Penis

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Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(3):465-466. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590270151035

A patient with molluscum contagiosum is reported with lesions confined to the genital area. A few typical lesions were seen on the shaft of the penis and the pubic area, but most of the lesions were on the glans penis and consisted of small rounded, crusted nodules with depressed centers which, over a five-year period, left extensive pitted scarring.

The diagnosis of both the typical cutaneous lesions and the lesions on the glans was confirmed histologically. It is surmised that the bizarre appearance of the eruption on the glans may have been due to the peculiar type of cutaneous covering in this area or, possibly, to secondary bacterial infection, although at no time did the eruption have the appearance of a pyoderma. An outbreak of new active lesions responded promptly on three occasions to oxytetracycline orally.

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