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Vulvar Disease pp 105-106 | Cite as

Molluscum Contagiosum

  • David Nunns
  • Rosalind Simpson
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Abstract

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is caused by a DNA poxvirus. MC may occur in adults but is much more common in childhood. Most infections are asymptomatic, and serological evidence of infection is present in up to 14% of adults [1]. The mode of transmission is through skin-to-skin contact, so in adults the mode of transmission of the virus is often through sexual contact, but some patients with skin disease treated with topical steroids may develop lesions. Immunosuppression is also a risk factor [2].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Nunns
    • 1
  • Rosalind Simpson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Gynaecological OncologyNottingham University HospitalNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Centre of Evidence Based DermatologyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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