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September 1981

Spontaneous Disappearance of Molluscum Contagiosum or New Approach to Treatment?

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(9):527. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650090007009

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To the Editor.—  I found the article entitled "Spontaneous Disappearance of Molluscum Contagiosum: Report of a Case" by Steffen and Markman in the August 1980 Archives (116:923-924) interesting. However, I wonder if this does represent a case of spontaneous disappearance of molluscum contagiosum. I was taught by Phillips Thygeson, MD, at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, that a simple incision of eyelid molluscum contagiosum lesions (making certain that the cavity fills with a blood clot) will result in the lesions' disappearance. In the case reported by Steffen and Markman, could the initial biopsy, and perhaps subsequent biopsies, have been related to the disappearance of the lesions? If so, this may be a good approach to treating multiple lesions in the future.

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