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A hamartoma (plural: hamartomas or hamartomata) is a benign tumor-like malformation that consists of a collection of architecturally disorganized cells located in an area of the body where the cells are normally found. It is often due to abnormal development.
In radiology, hamartomas often mimic malignancy. Several hamartomata have characteristic imaging findings:
- biliary hamartomata
- breast hamartoma
- cardiac fibrous hamartoma
- fibrolipomatous hamartoma of the nerve
- gastrointestinal hamartomatous polyps
- hepatic mesenchymal hamartoma
- hypothalamic hamartoma
- pulmonary hamartoma
- splenic hamartoma
- subependymal hamartoma
History and etymology
The term hamartoma derives from the Greek word hamartía meaning error or failure.