Inflammatry disorders

Molluscum contagiosum

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Poxvirus that produces small nodules on eyelid
  • See Skin nontumor 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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