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South Asian J Cancer. 2012 Jul;1(1):36-42. doi: 10.4103/2278-330X.96507.

Pulmonary tuberculosis as differential diagnosis of lung cancer.

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Department of Radiotherapy, C.S.M. Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, C.S.M. Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Patients with lung cancer are often misdiagnosed as pulmonary tuberculosis leading to delay in the correct diagnosis as well as exposure to inappropriate medication. Several factors are responsible for this situation in developing countries, including lack of awareness, inadequate infrastructure and socio-economic factors. This article outlines the differences between the two diseases as well as features that would make a clinician suspect the right diagnosis early.


ATT; biopsy confirmation; misdiagnosis

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