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Hamartoma in Children

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    A hamartoma is an abnormal growth that's made up of the same tissue from which it grows.

    • The abnormality is that there are an excess number of cells that are structurally different from the main cells.
    • A hamartoma occurs when the tissue in the growth did not develop completely.
    • Hamartomas can occur throughout the body, but are often found in the head and neck, particularly around the ears.
    • If hamartomas occur in multiple sites throughout the body, their presence is called Cowden's disease.

    Hypothalamic hamartomas and epilepsy

    A hamartoma in the hypothalamus can cause your child to have seizures. Recent studies have shown that using a minimally invasive endoscopic operation to remove this kind of hamartoma has been incredibly effective. Take a look at Boston Children's Hospital's Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Program for more information.

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