Genital Lesions: Molluscum Contagiosum and Warts

  • Danya Reich
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
  • Bobby Buka


An individual was seen in the Primary Care clinic for evaluation of genital lesions. On examination, it was determined the patient was affected by both molluscum contagiosum and genital warts, both types of lesions caused by viruses that are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Contraction of the molluscum contagiosum virus causes pearly skin-colored or white papules. Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus and may be flat, smooth, papular, verrucous, or cauliflower-like in appearance. There is considerable overlap in the treatment of genital warts and molluscum contagiosum. There are topical therapies available; however, cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen or removal by curettage is recommended, as they are faster and more definitive approaches (or immediate in the case of curettage).


Molluscum contagiosum Virus Poxvirus Contact Skin-to-skin Childhood Pediatric Papule Genital Sexual transmission Sexually transmitted Infection STD STI Cantharidin Imiquimod Cryotherapy Cryosurgery Liquid nitrogen Curettage Genital warts Condylomata acuminata Anogenital warts HPV Human papillomavirus Cancer Podophyllotoxin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danya Reich
    • 1
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
    • 2
  • Bobby Buka
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineMount Sinai School of Medicine Attending Mount Sinai Doctors/Beth Israel Medical Group-WilliamsburgBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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