Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 781–784 | Cite as

Mesenchymal hamartoma: prenatal diagnosis by MRI

  • Leysia Chu
  • Mike Seed
  • Erica Howse
  • Greg Ryan
  • Lars Grosse-Wortmann
Case Report

Abstract

The clinical presentation of thoracic mesenchymal hamartomas varies from an asymptomatic chest wall mass to severe respiratory distress resulting from compression of the airways and lungs. We present the findings on fetal US and MRI of a histologically confirmed case. Following surgical resection, pathological examination corresponded to the cross-sectional imaging features with haemorrhagic, cystic and calcified components. An awareness of the characteristic imaging findings will allow accurate diagnosis of this condition, even prenatally, and thus facilitate appropriate perinatal management and surgical planning.

Keywords

Mesenchymal hamartoma Chest wall tumor Ultrasound Fetal MRI 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leysia Chu
    • 1
  • Mike Seed
    • 2
  • Erica Howse
    • 3
  • Greg Ryan
    • 3
  • Lars Grosse-Wortmann
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic ImagingThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Division of Cardiology, Department of PaediatricsThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Fetal Medicine Unit, Mount Sinai HospitalUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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