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Molluscum contagiosum (pediatric) in Child
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Molluscum contagiosum (pediatric) in Child

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Contributors: Sabrina Nurmohamed MD, Susan Burgin MD, Craig N. Burkhart MD, Dean Morrell MD, Nancy Esterly MD
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Synopsis

This summary discusses pediatric patients. Molluscum contagiosum in adults is addressed separately.

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection of childhood caused by a DNA poxvirus. It is usually transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact, through fomites, or from autoinoculation. There is an increased incidence in children with underlying atopic dermatitis, swimmers, children who bathe together, those who share towels, and immunosuppressed people.

The exact incubation period is unknown but is estimated to be between 2 and 6 weeks. Though self-limited, the infection is often chronic and can range from a few months to 4 years before disappearing.

Molluscum can be found anywhere on the body. Genital involvement does not absolutely imply sexual transmission, as molluscum may be autoinoculated from a nongenital site to the genital area. A thorough history will direct suspicion for sexual abuse in these cases.

Codes

ICD10CM:
B08.1 – Molluscum contagiosum

SNOMEDCT:
40070004 – Molluscum contagiosum

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Molluscum-like papules may be seen in:
Other causes of infection should be considered in immunocompromised children.

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Last Updated: 03/07/2019
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Molluscum contagiosum (pediatric) : Scattered many, Pruritus, Umbilicated papules
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