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Atypical Molluscum Contagiosum Accompanied by CD30-Positive Lymphoid Infiltrates


Address correspondence to Mi Woo Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 86 Asanbyeongwon-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736, Korea, or e-mail:


Abstract:  Atypical presentations of molluscum contagiosum require histophathologic examination and may show pleomorphic lymphocytic infiltrates of a reactive nature, mimicking cutaneous lymphoproliferative diseases. Serial sections of specimens or polymerase chain reactions to show T-cell receptor clonality may be helpful for differential diagnosis. We report a case of atypical molluscum contagiosum accompanied by atypical lymphocytic infiltration showing CD30 positivity.