Atypical localization of molluscum contagiosum in an immunocompetent adult

Meryem Soughi

Dermatology Department, Taounat peripheral Hospital, Taounat, Morocco

Corresponding author: Meryem Soughi, MD

How to cite this article: Soughi M. Atypical localization of molluscum contagiosum in an immunocompetent adult. Our Dermatol Online. 2021;12(e):e96.

Submission: 06.07.2021; Acceptance: 11.11.2021

DOI: 10.7241/ourd.2021e.96

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Molluscum contagiosum is a highly contagious skin infection caused by molluscum contagiosum virus, which is a double-stranded DNA poxvirus. It is mostly occurring on the human face skin, trunk and extremities. Genital area presentation is rarely revealed [1]. Molluscum contagiosum is more common in children and immunocompromised adults, and even rare in immunocompetent adults [2]. It could appear with several atypical morphologies mimicking other dermatoses; and might include giant, verrucous, pseudocystic and inflamed forms [3]. It is mimicking a genital wart especially if it is involving both anal and genital region. We report a case of a molluscum contagiosum infection with pubic localization in an adult immunocompetent woman. The dermoscope in this case was very useful to help the definitive diagnosis.

Our case was 45-year-old unmarried women in good general health. She consulted for papules localized at the level of the pubic region, she denies any sexual intercourse. The dermatological examination found 5 translucent not umbilicated papules localized in the pubic region [Fig. 1]. There were no similar lesions elsewhere on the patient’s body. The dermoscopy examination showed the typical appearance of molluscum contagiosum [Fig. 2] whish allowed eliminating the diagnosis of genital warts. The sexually transmitted infection assessment was normal in our patient.

Figure 1: Two translucids papules in pubic region.
Figure 2: Dermoscopy showed crown vessels around a central amorphous structure.


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3.  Kumar S, Aggarwal D, Chatterjee D, Vinay K. Atypical presentation of genital molluscum contagiosum mimicking genital warts. Int J STD AIDS. 2020;14:1420-2.


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