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Experimental and therapeutic medicine

Asymptomatic pulmonary tuberculosis mimicking lung cancer on imaging: A retrospective study.


PMID 28962139

Abstract

Asymptomatic pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) mimicking lung cancer is rare and has been documented in few studies. Accurately diagnosing this atypical disease remains an enormous challenge for clinicians. The aim of the present study was to characterize asymptomatic patients with PTB who were initially diagnosed with lung cancer according to their chest computer tomography (CT) or whole-body 18F-fludeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography-computer tomography (PET-CT) presentations. The clinical characteristics and radiographic features of patients with PTB were analyzed and compared to those of patients with lung cancer. In patients with PTB, all lesions exhibited suspected malignant signs on chest CT and the maximum standard uptake value (SUV