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Can tuberculosis be misdiagnosed for lung CA

02/07/2008

Question:

Can tuberculosis be misdiagnosed for lung cancer?

Answer:

Yes, occasionally individuals with an abnormality on the x-ray that is thought to be a lung cancer have surgery, and at the time of surgery the piece of lung that is removed reveals tuberculosis infection and not lung cancer.

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Response by:

Catherine A Curley, MD, MS Catherine A Curley, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University