Hamartomas are tumours composed of mesenchymal tissues such as cartilage, fat, connective tissue and smooth muscle and can be found in virtually any organ system. These masses commonly develop sporadically, but are also seen in certain syndromes such as tuberous sclerosis or Carney triad. While their imaging appearance varies depending on the organ they arise from, findings are usually unique and a diagnosis can be confidently made. Radiologists must be aware of the clinical and imaging presentations of these lesions with the particular goal of avoiding unnecessary studies or invasive procedures. Furthermore, knowledge of common syndromic entities is crucial, as the radiologist may be the first to suggest the diagnosis.
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging