molluscum contagiosum

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1. any of various skin diseases marked by the formation of soft rounded cutaneous tumors.
2. molluscum contagiosum. adj., adj mollus´cous.
molluscum contagio´sum a common, benign, usually self-limited viral disease of the skin marked by the formation of firm, rounded, translucent, crateriform papules containing caseous matter and intracytoplasmic inclusions (molluscum bodies), which contain replicating virions. The disease is spread by contact and is common in young children. In adults, lesions in the pubic area indicate sexual transmission.

Treatment consists of curettage or light cauterization with an electric cautery.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A genus in the family Poxviridae; causes localized wartlike skin lesions.
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mol·lus·cum con·ta·gi·o·sum

(mo-lŭs'kŭm kon-tā'jē-ō'sŭm)
A contagious disease of the skin caused by intranuclear proliferation of a virus of the family Poxviridae and characterized by the appearance of small, pearly, umbilicated papular epidermal growths. In adults it typically occurs on or near the genitals and is sexually transmitted.
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molluscum contagiosum

A rash composed of small dome-shaped papules with a central crater that is said to be “umbilicated” (dimpled or belly button–shaped). Cheesy (caseous) material fills the dimple's core. A pox virus causes the rash, which is commonly spread by person-to-person contact among children and young adults. Widespread lesions are sometimes identified on the skin of immunosuppressed patients (e.g., patients with AIDS). Lesions in the groin, on the genitals, or on the upper thighs usually are sexually transmitted. See: illustration


Some lesions may heal spontaneously and require no therapy. Persistent papules can be removed with curettage or frozen with liquid nitrogen.

See also: molluscum
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molluscum contagiosum

A virus infection of the skin featuring groups of painless, small, white, hemispherical, pearl-like lumps, 2 to 3 mm in diameter, each with a central dimple. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a pox virus and is acquired by direct or indirect contact. Treatment is by squeezing out the cheesy contents of the lumps and touching the centres with phenol.
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Molluscum contagiosum

A disease of the skin and mucuous membranes, caused by a poxvirus and found all over the world.
Mentioned in: Cryptococcosis
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molluscum contagiosum

A contagious disease of the skin caused by a double-stranded DNA virus of the poxvirus group. It is characterized by small, pinkish, pearly umbilicated nodules and mucoid discharge most commonly on the eyelid margins and brow area, and it may lead to conjunctivitis. It occurs most frequently in children and young adults, especially those with HIV infection. Treatment includes cauterization, cryotherapy or excision.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

mol·lus·cum con·ta·gi·o·sum

(mo-lŭs'kŭm kon-tā'jē-ō'sŭm)
A contagious disease of the skin caused by intranuclear proliferation of a virus of the family Poxviridae characterized by the appearance of small, pearly, umbilicated papular epidermal growths.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Epidemiology of molluscum contagiosum in children: a systematic review.
Giant molluscum contagiosum - a clue to the diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infection.
Researcher Dr Jonathan Olsen added: "The tool is freely available for use by doctors and if placed on a doctor's surgery website, alongside a link to our website, could potentially reduce molluscum contagiosum consultations as parents can successfully manage the condition at home."
No FDA-approved therapies for molluscum contagiosum currently exist.
In this retrospective study, the records of 170 children with the diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum were reviewed for a number of factors: the child's age, gender, treatment plan (treatment vs.
Molluscum contagiosum affects up to 5% of the HIV-infected patients [8].
Keywords: Molluscum contagiosum, Poxvirus, Virus diseases.
neoformans and not the umbilicated rash of molluscum contagiosum that it resembled.
It became incredibly apparent that not much has been done to raise awareness nor has much research been conducted on illnesses such as hemorrhoids, molluscum contagiosum and hidradenitis suppurativa (severe boils).
Molluscum contagiosum virus infection presents as small, elevated, umbilicated lesions of the eyelid.
Molluscum contagiosum is a pox virus, which is relatively common in children and people whose immune systems are compromised by illness or drugs.
( In a letter published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections on Tuesday, researchers from Archet Hospital in France and Emory University have found a correlation between pubic hair removal and a viral infection called molluscum contagiosum. The infection, spread by a type of pox virus called MCV, is usually observed in children and people with damaged immune systems, but has been cropping up more and more as a sexually transmitted infection over the past decade, according to the authors.