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Treatment of facial molluscum contagiosum with trichloroacetic acid.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19689517     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) virus is a common cutaneous infection in the pediatric population, most commonly affecting school-aged children. Spontaneous clearing of lesions usually occurs over time; however, treatment is often sought due to cosmetic significance, pruritus, or concerns of transmission and autoinoculation. Chemical destruction with cantharidin, which is derived from blister beetle extract, is very safe and highly effective, making it the treatment of choice in the pediatric population. However, treatment of facial lesions or those in the diaper area are not recommended with this agent. Trichloroacetic acid is a safe and effective agent frequently utilized in dermatologic practice, most commonly in the treatment of verrucae. We have successfully used topical trichloroacetic acid to treat facial molluscum contagiousum and present the following technique for proper application.
Susan Bard; Michael I Shiman; Betty Bellman; Elizabeth Alvarez Connelly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric dermatology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1525-1470     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Dermatol     Publication Date:    2009 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-19     Completed Date:  2009-10-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406799     Medline TA:  Pediatr Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  425-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Division of Pediatric Dermatology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33125, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Topical
Caustics / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Molluscum Contagiosum / drug therapy*,  pathology
Treatment Outcome
Trichloroacetic Acid / administration & dosage
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Caustics; 76-03-9/Trichloroacetic Acid

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