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September 1977

Spread of Condyloma Acuminata to Infants and Children

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Portland, Ore

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(9):1294. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640090142026

To the Editor.  In their letter to the editor (Archives 112:1329,1976), Goldman et al indicate that condyloma acuminata and digital or plantar warts may spread from family member to family member. We have had two occasions in the past year to suspect that young children with perianal condyloma acuminata had been sexually molested by family members who also had condyloma acuminata. Such an investigation might be worthwhile in the cases of Goldman and his associates.Additionally, the work of Cook et al indicates that the mothers of children with laryngeal papillomas not uncommonly had condyloma acuminata at the time of delivery of their infected children.1 Boyle and co-workers2 were able to identify a papovavirus by electron microscopical examination of a laryngeal papilloma obtained from an adult and a papilloma obtained from a child. Boyle et al further commented on the transmissibility of the virus in condyloma acuminata and

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