Treatment of molluscum contagiosum with a pulsed dye laser: Pilot study with 19 children

J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2008 Feb;6(2):121-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1610-0387.2007.06556.x. Epub 2007 Nov 9.
[Article in En, German]


Background: Molluscum contagiosum is a common, self-limiting viral disease of childhood caused by a poxvirus. Often the children themselves and their parents desire treatment for cosmetic reasons or because of pruritus. Laser therapy offers another option to the traditional methods of treatment.

Methods: 19 children aged between 2 and 13 years (median:6) with molluscum contagiosum were treated in a prospective, non-randomized pilot study with the flashlamp pumped pulsed dye laser (wave length:585 nm, pulse duration 0,45 ms, spot size 7 mm, energy density 6-7 J/cm(2)).

Results: All patients tolerated the laser treatment well. In 84.3% one laser treatment led to total remission. In 10.5% a further laser session was necessary and one patient was treated three times to achieve total remission.

Conclusions: Treatment of molluscum contagiosum with the flashlamp pulsed dye laser is a safe and efficient treatment modality.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Dye / therapeutic use*
  • Lidocaine
  • Lidocaine, Prilocaine Drug Combination
  • Male
  • Molluscum Contagiosum / surgery*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prilocaine
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retreatment
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Lidocaine, Prilocaine Drug Combination
  • Prilocaine
  • Lidocaine