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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36

Scalp invovlement by Molluscum contagiosum in a child

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R G Baslas

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Molluscum contagiosum in a 15-month old child was seen over the scalp alongwith other sites. Younger age and rare site involved are interesting features of this case.

Keywords: Molluscum contagiosum, Virus

How to cite this article:
Baslas R G, Arora S K. Scalp invovlement by Molluscum contagiosum in a child. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1992;58:36

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Baslas R G, Arora S K. Scalp invovlement by Molluscum contagiosum in a child. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 1992 [cited 2020 Nov 29];58:36. Available from:

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Molluscum contagiosum is a very common condition in children but it is rare in infants due to maternally transmitted immunity and a long incubation period. [1] Sites commonly affected are traumatic sites as limbs, only occasionally lesions are seen over the scalp, tongue, buccal mucosa, lips and soles. We report a case who had lesions on scalp along with other sites in a child.

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A 15-month-old female child presented with multiple shiny, umbilicated, papular lesions over the limbs, trunk, face, pinna and . scalp for last 6 months. Mother informed that initially lesions were few over the limbs, later they increased in number. While fresh lesions were appearing few lesions subsided on their own.

On examination majority of lesions were found over limbs and trunk. Scalp lesions were seen after shaving the head and these were increasing in number. Examination of mother showed molluscum contagiosum lesions over the thighs, face, breast and upper extremities. She was unaware of similar type of lesions in her husband.

Lesions were punctured and cheesy material was taken out to prepare a smear which was stained with Giemsa stain. Molluscum bodies were seen. Chemical cautery was done for the lesions. Majority of them healed in 15 days.

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In our case molluscum contagiosum lesions started appearing at the age of 9 months and went on increasing in number. In earlier reports it has been seen that infants are not affected by this due to maternally transmitted immunity. [1] Another uncommon feature was involvement of scalp. Mother of the child had lesions so child was constantly exposed to infection. This might be the reason for early age and rare site involvement.

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1.Postlethwaite R, Watt JA. Features of molluscum contagiosum in the north-east of Scotland and in Fizian village settlements. J Hyg Camb 1967; 65: 281-91.  Back to cited text no. 1    


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