Molluscum contagiosum

Last Updated: 2023-07-07

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: 1E 76

Bateman, 1817

Dell warts.

A self-limiting, very common disease caused by the epidermotropic, highly contagious poxvirus, which occurs mainly in children, atopics and immunodeficiencies.

Occurring mainly between 3-10 years of age.

  • Incubation period: 2-7 weeks, occasionally up to 6 months
  • Transmission occurs via skin contact or dusts. The possibility of autoinculation has also been described

Whitish, centrally dented, broad-based papules. The content of the papules is highly contagious.

Clinic, biopsy if necessary.

Basophilic virus-infected epidermal cells (molluscum corpuscles), epithelial hyperplasia.

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