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December 1970


Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology Columbia University 630 W 168th St New York 10032

Arch Dermatol. 1970;102(6):695. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000120113025

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To the Editor.—  The finding of a domeshaped papule surrounded by a zone of hypopigmentation usually suggests a diagnosis of leukoderma acquisitum centrifugum (Sutton's nevus). However, I wish to report three cases in which the central lesion was that of molluscum contagiosum. I have failed to find a similar case in the dermatologic literature and therefore felt these cases were worthy of reporting.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  A 23-year-old white woman was seen in the mid-summer of 1968 with two adjacent lesions below the right clavicle, which were identical in appearance. Each consisted of a 3-mm shiny papule with a central keratotic plug, surrounded by a narrow zone of depigmentation (Fig 1). They had been present for two months during which time the patient had moderate sun exposure without the use of suntanning agents.The lesions were removed by curettage and submitted for histopathologic examination. Although the sites healed

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