Inflammatry disorders
Molluscum contagiosum

Topic Completed: 1 February 2014

Minor changes: 29 June 2020

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PubMed Search: Molluscum contagiosum eyelid

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Molluscum contagiosum. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyemolluscum.html. Accessed September 24th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Poxvirus that produces small nodules on eyelid
  • See Skin non tumor chapter
  • Excision if on eyelid margin to prevent infection of ocular surface
Gross description
  • Multiple raised skin nodules with umbilicated centers
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Lobules of acanthotic epithelium that surround intracytoplasmic eosinophilic inclusion bodies (molluscum bodies) which become larger as they reach superficial epithelium
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