Abstract The coexistence of pulmonary tuberculosis and carcinoma of the lung was reported infrequently prior to 1940,1 and rarely were these two diseases diagnosed simultaneously before death. Cooper,2 in an exhaustive study of the literature prior to 1932, found only 45 cases of combined tuberculosis and carcinoma of the lung. During the last two decades, there has been a rapid rise in the incidence of bronchial carcinoma so that these tumors are now the most frequent form of malignant disease causing death among adult males. During the same period, there has been a shift in the age incidence of patients with pulmonary tuberculosis so that an even greater percentage are now found alive beyond the age of 40. The use of antituberculous chemotherapy and pulmonary resections will probably further increase the number of tuberculous patients surviving to an age where cancers are not uncommon. In the past 20 years, a total References 1. References 3-8. 2. Hamilton, G. E., and Wexler, N. H.: Carcinoma and Tuberculosis of the Lung , Am. Rev. Tuberc. 42:234 ( (Sept.) ) 1940. 3. Cooper, F. G.: The Association of Tuberculosis and Carcinoma , Am. Rev. Tuberc. 25:108 ( (June) ) 1952. 4. Drymalski, G. W., and Sweany, H. G.: The Significance of Pulmonary Tuberculosis when Associated with Bronchogenic Carcinoma , Am. Rev. Tuberc. 58:203 ( (Aug.) ) 1948. 5. Gerstl, B.; Warring, F. C., Jr., and Hewlett, K. S., Jr.: Cancer and Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Diagnostic Problems in Patients with Cancer of the Lung in the Presence of Pulmonary Tuberculosis , Am. Rev. Tuberc. 54:470 ( (Dec.) ) 1946. 6. de la Fuente, M. L., and Palacios, R. H.: Undifferentiated Cell Carcinoma of Lung and Chronic Pulmonary Tuberculosis , Quart. Bull., Sea View Hosp. 7:314, 1942. 7. Goldberg, J.; Figueros, E. R., and Barshay, B.: Coexistent Bronchogenic Carcinoma and Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis , Dis. Chest 21:184 ( (Feb.) ) 1952.Crossref 8. Woodruff, C. E., and Nahas, H. C.: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Bronchiectasis and Calcification as Related to Bronchigenic Carcinoma , Am. Rev. Tuberc. 64:620 ( (Dec.) ) 1951. 9. Robbins, E., and Silverman, G.: Coexistent Bronchogenic Carcinoma and Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis , Cancer 2:65, 1949.Crossref 10. Fried, B. M.: Bronchogenic Cancer Combined with Tuberculosis of the Lung , Am. J. Cancer 22:247 ( (Feb.) ) 1935. 11. Reiss, J.; Baum, G. L., and Kovnat, M.: The Early Recognition and Treatment of Bronchogenic Carcinoma , Dis. Chest 22:529 ( (Nov.) ) 1952.Crossref 12. Rigler, L.; O'Loughlin, B., and Tucker, R. C.: The Duration of Carcinoma of the Lung , Dis. Chest 23:150 ( (Jan.) ) 1953. 13. Siltzbach, L.: Carcinoma Simulating Tuberculosis , Am. Rev. Tuberc. 55:170 ( (Feb.) ) 1947. 14. Rabin, C. B.: X-Ray Diagnosis of Chest Diseases , Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Company, 1952. 15. Schinz, H. R.; Baensch, W. E.; Friedl, E., and Uehlinger, E.: Roentgen Diagnosis , Vol. 3, Thorax, New York, Grune & Stratton, Inc.. 1953.
A.M.A. Archives of Internal Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: Aug 1, 1955