Pulmonary tuberculosis and leukemia
Siddiqui, M.A.; Abdullah, A.K.; Quraishy, M.U. and Tajuddin, M. (1977) Pulmonary tuberculosis and leukemia. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 24 (1). pp. 34-36.
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Clinical records of 64,874 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis and 45 cases of leukemia were reviewed. Only one case was found to have co-existent pulmonary tuberculosis and chronic myeloid leukemia. Diagnosis of tuberculosis was established by positive sputum culture, and of the leukemia by peripheral blood smear findings and low leucocyte alkaline phosphatase scores. Both diseases responded well to specific therapy for both diseases given simultaneously. Leukemoid reaction was not found in any case of tuberculosis, and leukemic infiltration of the lung was not detected in any case of leukemia. The importance of establishing the diagnosis of both diseases by specific laboratory studies in such cases is emphasised.
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