Molluscum contagiusum

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 Author(s): Aimilios Lallas
Description This chapter describes dermoscopy of molluscum contagiosum
Author(s) Aimilios Lallas
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Status update August 1, 2018
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Molluscum contagiosum is due to a poxvirus infection and has a characteristic dermoscopic pattern that may facilitate its clinical recognition in selected cases. Dermoscopy is especially useful in detecting the infection before the development of numerous lesions, in pediatric dermatology, or in immunosuppressed patients who may display unusual clinical manifestations. A central pore or umbilication in conjunction with polylobular white to yellow amorphous structures, surrounded by linear or branched vessels (‘red corona’), compose the stereotypic dermoscopic pattern of the disease (Fig 9c).[1][2][3]

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  2. Zaballos et al.: Dermoscopy of molluscum contagiosum: a useful tool for clinical diagnosis in adulthood. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2006;20:482-3. PMID: 16643165. DOI.
  3. Ianhez et al.: Dermoscopic patterns of molluscum contagiosum: a study of 211 lesions confirmed by histopathology. An Bras Dermatol 2011;86:74-9. PMID: 21437525.
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