Pulmonary hamartomas

Account for 6-10% of benign solid pulmonary nodules.

The most common benign tumor of the lung.

Are 4 cm and less in size and consist of cartilage, epithelial, and fibrous tissues.

Are composed of tissues that are normally present in the lung including fat, epithelial, fibrous tissue and cartilage.

May appear on radiographs as rounded or oval lesions and many have characteristic popcorn calcifications.

No malignant potential.

Most lesions are asymptomatic.

Can grow large enough to affect adjacent structures.

Differential diagnosis includes bronchogenic carcinoma.

Usually diagnosed as an incidental finding.

Rarely can cause hemoptysis and bronchial obstruction.

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