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December 1978

Erythema Annulare Centrifugum and Molluscum Contagiosum

Author Affiliations

Danville, Pa

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(12):1853. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640240077026

To the Editor.—  Erythema annulare centrifugum (EAC) is reported to occur as a hypersensitivity reaction to dermatophyte infections of the feet, candidiasis, mold in blue cheese, blood dyscrasias, such as myelomatosis or acute leukemia,1 neoplasms, immunologic disturbances, and as a rare familial type. In approximately 10% of cases of molluscum contagiosum, an eczematous eruption surrounding the papular lesions develops.2 The following report describes an association of eczematous and EAC-like reaction and molluscum contagiosum.

Report of a Case.—  An 8-year-old girl was seen in the Dermatology Clinic at the Geisinger Medical Center with a fewmonth history of a gradually enlarging area of "dry" skin of the buttock associated with minimal pruritus.Physical examination revealed an irregular, annular plaque with a serpiginous, erythematous, cord-like border and relatively clear center except for the presence of scattered, erythematous papules 3 to 5 mm in size (Figure). Some of the papules were surrounded