Diagnosis and Indications for Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is generally a benign disease consisting of pearly, flesh-colored, umbilicated skin lesions 2 to 5 mm in diameter with a characteristic dimple at the center
The diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum is usually made by the characteristic appearance of the lesions. When necessary, histologic or electron microscopic (EM) examination can confirm the clinical diagnosis. Hematoxylin and eosin staining reveals keratinocytes containing eosinophilic cytoplasmic inclusion bodies. EM of such biopsies would reveal typical brick-shaped poxvirus particles, similar to those of smallpox. EM also shows some infected cells that might look normal using light microscopy.
Reasons to treat molluscum contagiosum include:
Created: Apr 16, 2008