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CASE REPORT
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 180-182

Disfiguring molluscum contagiosum in a HIV-positive patient responding to antiretroviral therapy


1 Department of Dermatology, Antiretroviral Therapy Centre, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, India
2 Department of Pathology, Antiretroviral Therapy Centre, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, India
3 Department of General Medicine, Antiretroviral Therapy Centre, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, India
4 Medical Officer Antiretroviral Therapy Centre, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, India

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Sumit Sen
CG-75, Sector II, Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 091, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.53188

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Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is caused by a double stranded DNA virus belonging to the pox virus family. MC lesions are usually pearly, dome shaped, small, discrete lesions with central umbilication. In HIV-positive patients atypical varieties are found. They may be large or nonumbilicated. Individual papules may join to form the agminate variety. This form is rare. Lesions of MC in healthy immunocompetent patients may occur at any part of the body including face, trunk, and limbs. Sexually active adults have lesions usually on the genitalia, pubis, and inner thigh, rarely on the face and scalp. We present a case of agminate MC occurring in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency disease responding to highly active antiretroviral therapy.


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