Surgical pearl: Disposable syringe as a molluscum body extractor
How to cite this article: Mukhtar M, Mukhtar S. Surgical pearl: Disposable syringe as a molluscum body extractor. CosmoDerma 2023;3:38.
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection having pearly body inside its lesion is called molluscum body. The ideal treatment for the lesion is extraction of the MC body. There are a number of procured metallic and atraumatic forceps, needle has been used for the extraction of MC body.[1-3] However, its procurement is a little bit cumbersome and painful, and we have observed some uneasiness with the forceps when extracting smaller lesions from tensed skin on the face.
We used a disposable syringe for extracting the MC body. Before extraction, the lesion was treated for 1–2 weeks with retinoic acid (0.05–0.1%) or with salicylic acid (12%) as keratolytic agents to open or thin out the roof of the non-umbilicated lesion. In case of emergency, the lesions should be pricked out with 18G needle before extraction of the MC body. After this, the MC body is punched with gentle pressure and dragged out with the needle hub (1.5–2.0 mm in diameter) of the syringe for extracting the body [Video 1]. Post-extraction, the site is touched with saturated hypertonic saline for better hemostasis [Figure 1a and b]. The MC body gets collected in the syringe barrel [Figure 2]. Thus, a disposable syringe is a simple, aseptic, and cost-effective device for MC body extraction. However, for larger or giant MC bodies, the needle cap and barrel of the syringe (2–3 mL) can be a better option.
Video 1:Video 1:The molluscum body is being extracted with a syringe.
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