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