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Panminerva Medica 1999 December;41(4):359-62

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Pulmonary hamartoma. A rare case report

Panzini L., Potalivo S., Saed G., Rapisarda M., Bisetti A.

From the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences Department “Carlo Forlanini” Hospital “La Sapienza” State University, Rome, Italy


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Pulmonary hamar­to­ma is a ­rare ­lung neo­for­ma­tion, usu­al­ly symp­tom­less and by ­chance dis­cov­ered, of a prob­able dys­on­tog­e­net­ic ori­gin ­with pre­vail­ing car­ti­lag­i­nous tis­sue and ­adult, ­onset age. The Authors ­report a ­rare ­case of a 25 -­year-old stu­dent, symp­tom­less and for­tui­tos­ly ­found by ­means of a radio­graph of the ­chest. Many inter­est­ing fea­tures char­ac­ter­ize the ­case ­report: his­to­log­i­cal ­nature of the pul­mo­nary hamar­to­ma, main­ly vas­cu­lar, so ­much as to ­feign an angio­sar­co­ma at the mac­ro­scop­i­cal exam­ina­tion, and ­with ­small periph­er­al cal­cifi­ca­tions as ­shown by ­lung CT ­scan; the meas­ures ( ­about 7 cm ) plen­ti­ful­ly ­above the param­e­ters usu­al­ly report­ed in the lit­er­a­ture (­from 2 cm to 4 cm); the ­young ­onset age (­about 10 ­years old). We may con­sid­er a ­case excep­tion­al­ly report­ed in the lit­er­a­ture. Besides, on the ­base of a few stud­ies and of our expe­ri­ence, the ­results of the pul­mo­nary hamar­to­ma ­growth ­rate and dou­bling ­time are report­ed.

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