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J Thorac Dis. 2017 Aug;9(8):E698-E701. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2017.07.12.

A hamartoma presenting as an intramural upper oesophageal tumour.

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Department of General Thoracic and Oesophageal Surgery, Heart and Lung Centre, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
Department of Pathology, HUSLAB, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
Division of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, Department of Clinical Sciences, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institute, and Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.


Oesophageal hamartomas are extremely rare conditions especially in upper oesophagus. We report on a 20-year-old woman who presented with dysphagia and was diagnosed with a retrosternal 4.9 cm × 9.0 cm heterogenic tumour located in her upper oesophagus. Preoperative examinations included computed tomography of the chest, bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy, and no signs of malignancy were noted. She underwent surgical resection of the mass and the final histopathological diagnosis was osteochondromatous hamartoma of the upper oesophagus. No acute or long-term complications or tumour recurrence were noted during a 6-year follow-up.


Neoplasm; laryngotracheal; surgery

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Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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