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Year : 1984  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115

Molluscum contagiosum

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Rajendra Medical College, Ranchi, India
2 Department of Pathology, Rajendra Medical College, Ranchi, India

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TRD Sinha
Department of Ophthalmology, Rajendra Medical College, Ranchi, Bihar
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Sinha T, Choudhary O P, Sinha P. Molluscum contagiosum. Indian J Ophthalmol 1984;32:115

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Sinha T, Choudhary O P, Sinha P. Molluscum contagiosum. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1984 [cited 2021 Jan 26];32:115. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1984/32/2/115/27386

Molluscum contagiosum is a mildly conta­gious disease characterised by the appearance of small, globular, umbilicated epithelial tumours. It is caused by an oncogenic virus. Nover was the first to demonstrate the virus with electron microscope. It occurs in conjunctiva only occasionally, usually in palpebral conjunctiva of lower lid[1].

  Case report Top

A married lady C.D. aged 35 years, with small swelling near right upper lid margin came on cosmetic grounds. There was little irritation and occasional foreign body sensation. She noticed very small swelling first in January of the same year, which gradually increased to present size.

On examination a small white, umbilicated swelling approximately 2 mm X 11h mm in size was noticed just lateral and anterior to punctum, upper lid. Conjunctiva at the top of the swelling was adherent and umbilicated. There was no frank conjunctiva) congestion or discharge. Cornea was normal. Haematological investigations were non contributory. Under local anaesthesia excision of the mass was done. On removal it looked like Sago grain, white in colour, single in number. On histopathological examination it was found to be Molluscum contagiosum.

  Discussion Top

Molluscum contagiosum in conjunctiva is not very common. Again it is more common in lower lid[1] but the present report is from upper lid. Unlike the reported severe conjunctivitis and occasional keratitis the present case is almost silent except for little irritation and occasional foreign body sensation.

Many a times it poses diagnostic problem and is to be kept in mind, in differential diagnosis of lid margin small up. Histopatho­logy provide the final answer.

  Summary Top

A case of molluscum contagiosum of the conjunctiva in a lady aged 35 years with unusual silent presentation.

  References Top

Duke-Elder,S., 1965, Systems of Opthalmology Vol. VIII Part-I p. 376-379.  Back to cited text no. 1


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