Testing & Diagnosis for Hamartoma in Children


How is a hamartoma diagnosed?

Your child's doctor will do a complete medical history and a physical exam, including an examination of your child's throat and neck.

Other diagnostic procedures for a hamartoma may include:

  • Ultrasound (also called sonography) - Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow through various vessels.
  • Computerized tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan) -A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - An MRI produces detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Biopsy - A simple surgical procedure by which a physician removes a small sample of affected body tissue so that it can be studied to identify the cause of the symptoms