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Molluscum Contagiosum

  • Francesco Lacarrubba
  • Anna Elisa Verzì
  • Franco Dinotta
  • Giuseppe Micali
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Abstract

Molluscum contagiosum is a common, highly contagious cutaneous infection due to a Poxvirus. Dermatoscopy of molluscum contagiosum reveals multiple, yellowish-white, lobulated, amorphous central structures surrounded by a crown of linear, fine, and sometimes blurred vessels, while some of them branching. Large lesions are characterized by the presence of the typical polylobular structure, whereas small ones by four-leaved clover-like structures. Dermatoscopy may be useful for the differential diagnosis with cysts, acne, warts, and other cutaneous and/or genital growths.

Keywords

Molluscum contagiosum Viral infection Umbilicated papule Henderson-Patterson bodies Polylobular structure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Lacarrubba
    • 1
  • Anna Elisa Verzì
    • 1
  • Franco Dinotta
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Micali
    • 1
  1. 1.Dermatology ClinicUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

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