Molluscum Contagiosum: Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Clinical Manifestations, Dermoscopy, Ultrastructure and Evidence Based Treatment

Yuping Ran, MD, PhD (Editor)
Prof. Dermatology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Board Member of Chinese Society of Dermatology, Chair of Mycology Group of Chinese Society of Dermatology, China

Series: Dermatology – Laboratory and Clinical Research
BISAC: MED017000



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Molluscum contagiosum is a common but always unvalued poxvirus infection of skin disease. The clinical, pathogenic, epidemiological and therapeutic aspects have not been widely and thoroughly understood.

This book analyzes a wide variety of pathogenesis, epidemiology, and clinical manifestations of molluscum contagiosum virus in detail. The development process of molluscum contagiosum virus observed in transmission electron microscopy has also been described and discussed. It would help the clinician understand the pathogen’s ultrastructure and the change of different images in the process. Evidence-based treatment methods play a significant role in evidence-based practice for molluscum contagiosum virus. Interventions include topical agents, physical interventions and lasers for molluscum contagiosum virus. Each chapter is focused on enhancing the clinician’s knowledge on molluscum contagiosum virus based on review and research, provided by the good sets of references to introduce updated information on each topic.

One of the greatest highlights of the book is the addition of a large number of dermoscopic images of molluscum contagiosum lesion, including typical and atypical, under polarized and non-polarized light characteristics, as well as the special localization, including eyelids, ears etc. In addition, its different developing stages greatly enriches the clinical understanding of molluscum contagiosum skin lesions.

This book helps clinicians understand the distribution, transmission routes, replication to the human epidermis and characterization of molluscum contagiosum more precisely. It also focuses on the challenges of treatment strategies for molluscum contagiosum virus.

This book comprises a wide spectrum of topics related to the molluscum contagiosum virus. Each chapter challenges readers by providing insights into the pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, development process undergoing transmission electron microscopy and evidence-based treatment methods of molluscum contagiosum virus.

The different chapters related to molluscum contagiosum virus provides the latest information to clinicians and readers on its clinical manifestations and treatment modalities.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Molluscum Contagiosum: Pathogenesis, Epidemiology and Clinical Manifestations
(Sushmita Pradhan, Yuping Ran, Yi Yang, Kaiwen Zhuang, Jiaoqing Tang, Xin Ran, Xiaoxi Xu, Zimeng You, Hui Xiao, Heli Yang, Neeta Singh, Yaling Dai, Song Lei, Mingqiang Xu and Jie Liu, Department of Dermatovenereology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, and others)

Chapter 2. Development Process of Molluscum Contagiosum Observed in Transmission Electron Microscopy
(Lu Zheng, Sushmita Pradhan, Xin Ran, Song Lei and Yuping Ran, Department of Dermatovenereology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, and others)

Chapter 3. Evidence-Based Treatment in Molluscum Contagiosum
(Du Yimei, Qi Ruiqun and Wu Yan, Department of Dermatovenereology, First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China)


Keywords: Molluscum contagiosum, poxvirus, antiviral therapies, innate immunity, viral genome, pathogenesis, transmission electron microscopy, evidence-based treatment

Audience: Researchers, clinicians and students in clinical medicine, internal medicine, dermatology and venereology

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