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J Clin Diagn Res. 2012 Nov;6(9):1552-4. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2012/4151.2558.

Mesenchymal hamartoma of the liver: a case report.

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Associate Professor of Pathology, Chengelpet Medical, College, Consultant Pathologist, Lister Metropolis, Chennai, India.


Hepatic mesenchymal hamartoma (HMH) is a hamartomatous growth of the mesenchymal tissue in the liver, which is of an uncertain aetiology. It is a space-occupying lesion that can potentially compress the adjacent organs, resulting in various complications, which include death. Hepatic mesenchymal hamartoma is characterized by the variable proliferation of the myxomatous mesenchyme and the malformed bile ducts. The differential diagnosis includes other paediatric hepatic masses. The diagnosis is typically made during infancy, and a complete resection is invariably curative. Here, we are reporting a case of HMH in a one year old female child who presented with abdominal distension. A clinical diagnosis of malignancy was made, based on the symptoms and imaging studies and a final diagnosis was made only after a histopathological examination. The lesion was potentially benign, with very rare chances of recurrence. This case has been presented due to its rarity.


Bile ducts; Hepatoblastoma; Mesenchymal hamartoma; Solid and cystic masses in the liver

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