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Chirurgia 2008 April;21(2):101-3

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Pulmonary hamartoma presenting with shoulder pain

Tekinbas C. 1, Gunduz A. 2, Turedi S. 2, Erol M. M. 1, Oztuna F. 3

1 Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine Department of Thoracic Surgery, Trabzon, Turkey
2 Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey
3 Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine Department of Respiratory Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey


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Hamartoma is the most frequent benign tumour of the lung. They are generally peripherally located, for which reason they are clinically silent. The best treatment for harmatomas is surgical excision. Postoperative mortality is very low and recurrence is not to be expected. A 65-year-old woman applied to the emergency department with a complaint of shoulder pain that had not responded to the analgesic therapy provided at the various centres she had attended for one year previously. In this report we describe a form of presentation unreported in the literature, a case of pulmonary hamartoma presenting with complaints of shoulder pain.

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