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A 10-Month-Old Infant with Progressive Abdominal Distension

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  1. Elevated serum a-fetoprotein level. Laboratory parameters are usually nondiagnostic in mesenchymal hamartoma. a-Fetoprotein and liver enzymes may be normal or slightly increased. Elevation of tumor markers, including serum ß–human chorionic gonadotropin, is not associated with mesenchymal hamartoma, which is typically a benign tumor. Mesenchymal hamartoma does not affect the hematopoietic system.

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