Giant Molluscum Contagiosum in an HIV positive patient

Carlos E. Pérez-Díaz, Carlos A. Botero-García, Maria C. Rodríguez, Álvaro A. Faccini-Martínez, Omar Javier Calixto, Fabián Benítez, Yesid F. Mantilla-Florez, Juan S. Bravo-Ojeda, Alejandro Espinal, Carlos Morales-Pertuz

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Molluscum Contagiosum (MC) is a skin infection caused by a double-stranded DNA virus of the family Poxviridae that replicates in the human epidermis, affecting mainly children and young sexually active adults and causing flesh colored papular lesions with central umbilication with an average size of 3-5 mm, although atypical lesions that reach great size (Giant Molluscum Contagiosum), 10-15 mm, can be seen in almost any immunodeficiency condition. We report the case of a 35 year old male patient with C3 HIV disease with an abdominal pathology associated to skin lesions predominantly in the forehead and scalp that reached sizes over 5 mm, diagnosed as Giant Molluscum Contagiosum by skin biopsies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-155
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
StatePublished - 11 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Dermatology
  • HIV
  • Immunosuppression
  • Molluscum Contagiosum


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