Hong Kong Med J 2010;16:230-1 | Number 3, June 2010
Oesophageal haemangioma: imaging characteristics of this rare condition
Darshana D Rasalkar, Philip WY Chiu, Anthony YB Teoh, Winnie CW Chu
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Organ Imaging, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Oesophageal haemangiomas are rare, benign, vascular tumours that have characteristic features on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. This enables radiologists to suggest the correct diagnosis without the need for invasive biopsy. Diagnostic characteristics include phleboliths seen on computed tomography, and intense homogeneous enhancement of the lesion on magnetic resonance imaging. These tumours have life-threatening haemorrhagic potential and therefore require surgical resection.
Key words: Esophageal neoplasms; Hemangioma, cavernous; Magnetic resonance imaging; Tomography, X-ray computed
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