Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Molluscum Contagiosum


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is Molluscum contagiosum. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how Molluscum contagiosum will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 33 year old woman presents with “warts” on the skin near her genitalia. Upon physical examination, she is found to have 15 solitary papules, ~ 3 to 5 mm in diameter. Each of these papules has an umbilicated center. What is the most likely diagnosis?

Explanation: multiple small papules with ubilicated centers = Molluscum contagiosum

Question #2

80-year-old male comes the clinic because of a rash. He has had a progressive have a rash that involves his trunk, neck, upper arms, and gentle’s for the past two months. The lesions are itchy, but there are no other associated symptoms. The patient’s past medical history is remarkable for asthma and eczema. The patient was treated for chlamydia is your ago after she was exposed.Vital  signs are within normal limits. Physical exam shows many dome shaped, flesh colored papules with central umbilication. The patient’s rash is caused by what condition? 

Explanation: multiple papules with ubilicated centers = Molluscum contagiosum


Page Updated: 10.30.2016