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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Molluscum Contagiosum

Contributor: Meagan Seay, DO and Nasreen Syed, MD

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by the poxvirus and appears clinically as a waxy, dome-shaped nodule with a central umbilication. It may cause follicular conjunctivitis, if not treated. Histologically, eosinophilic inclusion bodies containing virus migrate to the surface and release viral particles.

Molluscum Contagiosum

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last updated: 06/16/2013
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