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February 20, 1960


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1560 Grand Concourse New York 57.

JAMA. 1960;172(8):853. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020080083030

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To the Editor:—  In their article on psammoma bodies and cancer of the thyroid (abstracted in The Journal, Nov. 28, page 1901) Klink and Winship stated that these bodies occur in a large percentage of patients with cancer of the thyroid and that "A biopsy specimen of a lung tumor that contains psammoma bodies should suggest the thyroid as a possible primary site." Their statement implies that similar calcific concrements are not apt to be found in patients with cancer of the lung.Such bodies were found in a patient with primary cancer of the lung, a man aged 26 years whose illness started abruptly with an uncontrollable hiccough. Roentgenologic examination revealed, at the base of the right lung, a well circumscribed dense shadow which merged with the diaphragm. Bronchoscopic examination gave a negative result and the laboratory data were noncontributory. The patient recovered from his hiccough after three days

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