Centrally-located pulmonary hamartoma diagnosed in a 16-year-old boy presenting with chronic chest pain: a case report

  • Bonaventura Mpondo College of Health Sciences, The University of Dodoma, P.O Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Hamim Rusheke College of Health Sciences, The University of Dodoma, P.O Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania
  • John R. Meda College of Health Sciences, The University of Dodoma, P.O Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Jennifer A. Downs Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, P.O.Box 1464, Mwanza, Tanzania. Bugando Medical Centre, P.O. Box 1370, Mwanza, Tanzania Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
  • Semvua B. Kilonzo Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza
Keywords: Hamartoma, pulmonary, chest pain, adolescent, Tanzania

Abstract

Pulmonary hamartomas are the most common benign tumors of the lung. They are usually diagnosed incidentally while evaluating for other conditions. These tumors have been shown to be uncommon below the age of 25 years. We report a case of a 16-year-old male who presented with chronic chest pain and was histologically confirmed to have pulmonary hamartoma. The tumor was successfully resected. This is the first case of hamartoma to be reported in our country, and the atypical age at presentation together with the tumor’s position makes it more unique. In conclusion, although very rare, pulmonary hamartomas can occur in young age with the central location. Clinically, the presentation is usually non-specific and the diagnosis is mostly incidental while investigating other conditions. There is a need to increase awareness among clinicians on hamartomas to improve early treatment for this rare disease in the adolescents.

Author Biographies

Bonaventura Mpondo, College of Health Sciences, The University of Dodoma, P.O Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania
Department of Internal Medicine
Hamim Rusheke, College of Health Sciences, The University of Dodoma, P.O Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania
Department of Surgery
John R. Meda, College of Health Sciences, The University of Dodoma, P.O Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania
Lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine
Jennifer A. Downs, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, P.O.Box 1464, Mwanza, Tanzania. Bugando Medical Centre, P.O. Box 1370, Mwanza, Tanzania Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
Lecturer
Semvua B. Kilonzo, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza
Lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine
Published
2014-12-31
How to Cite
MpondoB., RushekeH., MedaJ. R., DownsJ. A., & KilonzoS. B. (2014). Centrally-located pulmonary hamartoma diagnosed in a 16-year-old boy presenting with chronic chest pain: a case report. Tanzania Journal of Health Research, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v17i1.
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Articles

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