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Molluscum Contagiosum (cont.)

Molluscum Contagiosum Diagnosis

  • Your health-care professional can usually diagnose molluscum contagiosum based solely on its distinctive appearance. For the majority of cases, no testing is necessary.
  • If the diagnosis is uncertain or in certain cases involving individuals with a weakened immune system, a skin biopsy may be performed by your health-care professional to confirm the diagnosis. Characteristic "molluscum bodies" will be seen under the microscope in the affected skin.
  • Conditions that can mimic molluscum contagiosum include some skin cancers, warts, and other skin infections.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2013

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