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January 1971


Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology E. J. Meyer Memorial Buffalo 14226

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(1):106-107. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000130108023

To the Editor.—  Molluscum contagiosum is a pox-virus infection of the skin, characterized by flesh-colored, dome-shaped, 1- to 3-mm papules. These benign tumors are usually multiple and discrete, with a tendency to grouping.Molluscum contagiosum papules are located chiefly in the areas of axillae, antecubital, popliteal, and crural folds. The age of the incidence is 7 to 16 years, and only exceptionally occurring in adults.In 200 consecutive cases of molluscum contagiosum, 19 patients were observed to have a dermatitis. This inflammatory response varied from a mild reaction extending 5 mm around a discrete lesion to 10-cm areas of acute dermatitis. The symptoms included moderate itching. The dermatitis can be severe enough so that a 2-mm molluscum contagiosum papule is difficult to see clinically. The noninflamed molluscum lesions precede the dermatitis, and not all papules will develop a dermatitis. The molluscum lesions preceded the dermatitis from 1 to 15 months.

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