Hamartoma of the breast

Chau Ying Wu, Shing Huey Lin, Shih Hsin Tu, Ching Shui Huang, Chin Ming Jeng

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Hamartoma is a rare benign breast tumor. Between 1995 and 2001, eight breast hamartomas (0.058%) were identified from 13608 mammographic examinations. All patients had typical mammographic features: oval-shaped masses with smooth margin and mixed density. The age at detection ranged between 27 and 52 years old. Seven of them presented with a palpable painless lump. Tumor size varied between 2.2 x 1.7 and 13.0 x 7.0 cm. Sonographic appearance was variable and non-diagnostic. In four tumors, malignancy was suspected by sonogram and cytological result by fine needle aspiration showed negative result. Three patients received surgical excision for cosmetic reason. Histopathology proved hamartoma. Awareness of the characteristic mammographic manifestations of this kind of tumor may obviate the unnecessary procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-148
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Journal of Radiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast neoplasm
  • Hamartoma
  • Mammography
  • Sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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