Clin Oncol | Volume 4, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Tuberculosis and Lung Cancer: The Challenge of Approach and Differential Diagnosis

Sara Campos Silva1*, Nídia Caires1, Telma Lopes2, Nicole Murinello1 and João Cardoso1,3

1Department of Pulmonology, University Hospital Center Lisbon Central, Portugal
2Department of Pulmonology, Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, Portugal
3Department of Pulmonology, University of Lisbon Medical Sciences, Portugal

*Correspondance to: Sara Campos Silva 

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Abstract

Tuberculosis and lung cancer may co-exist and even increase the risk for each other, however this relationship and prevalence is not entirely known. We describe a case of a 57-year-old woman that presented with neurological symptoms and whose diagnostic work-up revealed meningeal infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Despite antibacilar treatment, she had no clinical improvement and persisted with bilateral nodular pattern on chest-computed tomography. Bronchoscopy with bronchial biopsies revealed lung adenocarcinoma. This case emphasizes the diversity of tuberculosis presentation, including coexistence with lung neoplasms

Citation:

Silva SC, Caires N, Lopes T, Murinello N, Cardoso J. Tuberculosis and Lung Cancer: The Challenge of Approach and Differential Diagnosis. Clin Oncol. 2019; 4: 1614.

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