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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2017, Article ID 8314102, 4 pages
Case Report

Mesenchymal Hamartoma of the Liver: Complete Excision Always Necessary

1Department of Surgery, BLHC, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10457, USA
2Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad 500082, India

Correspondence should be addressed to Suman B. Koganti; moc.liamg@itnagoknamus

Received 26 June 2017; Accepted 12 September 2017; Published 16 November 2017

Academic Editor: Boris Kirshtein

Copyright © 2017 Suman B. Koganti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Mesenchymal hamartoma (MH) is not an uncommon tumor of the liver in the age group of 2–10 years. It is the second most common benign liver tumor in children. Previously considered a developmental anomaly, newer insights into other theories of origin including toxic-metabolic, ischemic, and a true neoplastic process are in progress. Previous understanding of a purely benign nature of the tumor is being overridden by a real malignant transformation. Complete excision of the tumor with clear margins is recommended to achieve a long term cure. A thorough understanding of the natural history of these tumors and skillful surgical treatment are indispensable elements of care.