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Molluscum Contagiosum

Viral disorder of the skin and mucous membranes characterized by discrete flesh-coloured umbilicated papules which may show a central pore. The causative agent is a DNA virus of the pox virus group. Seen most frequently in children between the ages of 3 and 16, this disorder my appear at any age. The lesions are both contagious and auto-inoculable. In children they are generally located on the face, trunk, extremities (especially in the axillae), and sometimes on the mucous membranes of the lips, tongue and buccal mucosa. In adults, involvement of the pubic, genital and perineal areas is common.

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