A hamartoma is a benign tumor composed of various tissues, and one of its locations may be the breast. Patients can present with a painless, asymptomatic and well-demarcated palpable mass in a breast hamartoma. Imaging studies such as mammography, ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show specific radiologic features, whereas a biopsy, either fine needle aspiration or core needle, may be sometimes necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
Defined as a well-established mass with a still incomplete etiology, hamartoma is a rare benign tumor that contains a mixture of different tissues (fibrous, adipose, glandular, and potentially other) in various proportions   . Numerous sites in the body may be the location of its development, including the breast, and between 4-8% of all benign breast lesions, are attributed to hamartomas . This benign tumor has been reported across different age groups after puberty  , but the majority of patients are women in their 30s and 40s    . The clinical presentation is characterized by the presence of a sharply defined, painless, and asymptomatic oval or round-shaped mass in the breast area that is freely palpable    . The nodular appearance of the mass is accompanied by its smooth surface and a soft consistency . However, studies show that up to 60% of breast hamartomas are not possible to palpate, and are thus interpreted as subclinical tumors . Hamartomas are most commonly found in the outer quadrants, and it is not uncommon for the diagnosis to be made incidentally during evaluation of other breast-related pathologies  . Additional symptoms are not present in the setting of hamartomas, which is one of the main clinical features of this tumor . Furthermore, breast hamartomas are mobile and not attached to the surrounding muscle or skin tissue, which might be an important clinical sign as well  .
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- Axillary Mass
The excised left axillary mass was diagnosed as hamartoma arising from the accessory breast tissue ( Figure 4 ). [jbd.or.kr]
2006 (22) 33, F Axillary mass 10 Compatible with the diagnosis of a voluminous nodule NP NP NP Hamartoma NP No (2-year follow-up) Ruiz-Tovar et al., 2006 (23) 43.2 (mean), F, 8 cases Lump (all) 7.25 (mean) Heterogeneous mass with hypoechogenic areas [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Breast Mass
CONCLUSION: PDVF imaging during breast sonography is an invaluable technique in the identification of breast hamartomas from other benign or malign breast masses. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Excised right and left breast masses were 25 19 cm and 21 18 cm in diameter, respectively. Cut sections of both breast masses showed similar features with multinodular appearance and focal fibromyxoid areas. [jbd.or.kr]
Surgical excision of the right lower inner breast mass and right axillary lymph node was subsequently performed at our institution. View larger version (127K) Fig. 1A. —59-year-old woman with right-breast mass. [ajronline.org]
Presentation Palpable left breast mass. Patient Data Age: 35 Gender: Female Loading images... Lower outer quadrant left breast mass (partially behind the nipple), which demonstrates a thin capsule and contains fat and breast parenchyma. [radiopaedia.org]
- Large Breast
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A detailed physical examination, together with a properly obtained patient history, is the first and perhaps most important step in order to make the diagnosis of a breast hamartoma. Adequate palpation of both breasts and the respective quadrants can result in detection of a mass, after which the use of various imaging studies might be employed. Various procedures have been mentioned, one of the more useful being mammography, the gold-standard procedure in the assessment of breast tissue  . A nonhomogeneous mass composed of adipose, fibrous and glandular tissue that is often enclosed by a thin capsule is the hallmark of a breast hamartoma on mammography, but the variability in the percentage of fat and glandular/connective tissue might pose a challenge to the physician   . For this reason, ultrasonography (US), but also MRI, might be used as adjunctive or even superior methods compared to mammography  . Main findings on the US are the absence of a retrotumor acoustic phenomenon, which is frequently found in malignant lesions  . On MRI, breast hamartomas are visualized as heterogeneous lesions with a sharp and clearly delineated capsule described as a hypointense rim . As mentioned previously, the distribution and dominance of different tissues may necessitate for a biopsy sample to be obtained, either by a core needle biopsy or a fine needle aspiration (FNAC), both valuable in the workup of this tumor   .
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Due to the unique features of hamartomas, and of hamartomas in men, in particular, there is currently no standard treatment. [journals.lww.com]
Rarely invades lymph nodes and have a favorable prognosis. [quizlet.com]
Surgical excision is the treatment of choice, and the prognosis is generally good as recurrence rate is very less. [jiaomr.in]
They are treated, if at all, by surgical resection, with an excellent prognosis: generally, the only real danger is the inherent possibility of surgical complications. [en.wikipedia.org]
Liposarcomas: Prognosis and management. J Surg Oncol 1980;14:245-9. [ PUBMED ] [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4] [cancerjournal.net]
81:1) Arrigoni et al. first used the term hamartoma in 1971 (Surg Gynecol Obstet 1971;133:577) Also called fibroadenolipoma, adenolipoma Epidemiology Uncommon, 5% of all benign breast masses Mean age 45 years Rare in teenagers (Breast J 2009;15:515) Etiology [pathologyoutlines.com]
Defined as a well-established mass with a still incomplete etiology, hamartoma is a rare benign tumor that contains a mixture of different tissues (fibrous, adipose, glandular, and potentially other) in various proportions. [symptoma.com]
Etiology Mutations in the PHOX2B gene are found in a significant number of patients with Haddad syndrome. The documents contained in this web site are presented for information purposes only. [orpha.net]
The etiology of fibrolipoma is generally considered to be chronic mechanical irritation or inflammation that induces secondary fibrous changes in the lipoma. When fibrolipoma is found in the stomach, it is usually asymptomatic. [scielo.isciii.es]
The exact etiology remains unclear, but currently, the most probable etiology of lipoma includes hereditary, fatty degeneration, hormonal basis, trauma, metaplasia of muscles, and lipoblastic embryonic cell nest origin. [ijdr.in]
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[…] lobular unit, adipose tissue and hyalinized stroma) Terminology Initially defined as mastoma (Beitr Pathol Anat 1928;81:1) Arrigoni et al. first used the term hamartoma in 1971 (Surg Gynecol Obstet 1971;133:577) Also called fibroadenolipoma, adenolipoma Epidemiology [pathologyoutlines.com]
A Birmingham (UK) group concluded that the establishment of a histopathology data pool facilitates epidemiological analysis . [symbiosisonlinepublishing.com]
Epidemiology Approximately 5% of patients with pneumothorax will have concomitant hemothorax 6. [radiopaedia.org]
Summary Epidemiology Birth incidence of Ondine syndrome is 1 in 200,000 live-births and Hirschsprung disease occurs concurrently in 16% of cases. [orpha.net]
Breast: 8 cases of hamartoma per 20,000 mammograms Kidney: renal hamartoma (angiomyolipoma) found in 40–80% of patients with tuberous sclerosis Etiology and Pathophysiology Functional disorder will depend on tissue of origin. [unboundmedicine.com]
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Multiple osteochondromas have a relatively high (1-25%) incidence of malignant transformation.  There are many theories regarding the pathophysiology of epiphyseal osteochondromas. [emedicine.medscape.com]
Each patient has unique ductal and parenchymal anatomy, which combine in a unique pathophysiologic mechanism. [pancreas.imedpub.com]
The author collated important benign lesions and based on peer-reviewed publications documented the relative risk of subsequent cancer to allow the patient and the clinician to institute preventative measures where possible. [books.google.com]
We presume that MRI can provide useful information to diagnose a hamartoma and prevent unnecessary biopsies in patients who do not have mammographically typical hamartoma appearance. [oatext.com]
Radiotherapy: preoperative for large fixed rectal tumour, Dukes B &C rectal T postoperatively to decrease recurrence. 32 Prevention: Chemoprevention: Secondary prevention: Aspirin. Calcium. Folic acid. Selective Cox.2 inhibitors. [slideplayer.com]
Mammary Hamartoma is difficult to prevent, because it is most likely caused by abnormal or fluctuating reproductive hormone levels. Since prevention is generally not possible, it is important to be aware of the risk factors of breast lumps. [dovemed.com]
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