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March 9, 1957

Minimal Pulmonary Tuberculosis Found by Mass Radiography (Fluorography)

JAMA. 1957;163(10):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450105036

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A five-year follow-up was made of 500 presumably healthy persons of each sex found by mass radiography to have small tuberculous lesions in the lung. The survey included a study of the clinical, bacteriological, and radiologic records of the patients. An assessment of the prevalence of minimal lesions was not the main purpose of this study, but mass radiography offered a convenient method of collecting information about a suitable and adequate number of patients with such lesions who could be followed up for five years. Over 180,000 persons, ranging in age from 15 to 44 years, were examined. Among these were 1,213 persons with minimal lesions. This excellent report contains an abundance of interesting and valuable information dealing not only with the detection of lesions but also with definitive diagnosis and management. It should be of great interest to all physicians concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.

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