2018, Number 1
Dermatología Cosmética, Médica y Quirúrgica 2018; 16 (1)
Olvera CV, González AAA, Pulido DN, Orellana AÁR, Quintal RMJ
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ABSTRACTMolluscum contagiosum is a viral dermatosis caused by the Molluscum contagiosum virus. It is a double chain dna virus of the Poxviridae family. It possesses genes that confer virulence antiapoptotic properties. Molluscum contagiosum infection is a common entity, it has a benign and auto limited course. It tends to affect children and young adults. However, its’ presence associated to tattoos as an infectious complication is uncommon. The transmission of the virus can happen by contaminated instrumental or inks. The risk of a tattoo associated infection depends on the hygiene of the material used. The presence of concomitant diseases increases the risk. In the skin, the tattoo pigment owns immunosuppressive properties that make the tattoo site a susceptible area. There are various tattoo related infections: viral warts, herpes simplex, cellulitis, erysipelas, hepatitis b and c, hiv, syphilis, tuberculosis and leprosy. This is why sometimes a diagnostic confirmation must be done by a histopathologic study, that reports eosinophilic intracytoplasmic inclusions in keratinocytes. We report the case of a female patient with moluscum contagiosum infection on her tattooed skin.