Molluscum ContagiosumJAMA A disease of the skin and mucous membranes caused by a poxvirus. It is characterized by scattered, flesh-toned or white papules. The disease most frequently occurs in children and adults with impaired immune response. It is transmitted from person to person by direct or indirect contact and lasts up to 3 years.
raised, flesh-colored lesions with a central
depression that contains active poxvirus. Lesions appear most often on
the face, neck, arms, legs and anogenital region. The condition is common
in HIV positive persons and may be due to a reactivation of an earlier
infection. Treatment involves freezing lesions with liquid nitrogen or
using a curette to cut out lesions.
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