This investigation of Hodgkin's disease is based on the study of forty cases examined radiographically at the Massachusetts General Hospital and seven cases of which necropsies were made.
Hodgkin's disease is often confused in diagnosis with other conditions, especially tuberculosis, and patients are thus denied the benefits of roentgen-ray therapy. One patient in our series was sent to Arizona for tuberculosis, only to find out later that the long trip was to no purpose.
The chest is the most fruitful field for radiographic examination in this disease because the low density of the lungs allows masses of lymphomatous tissue to show up well, and because the chest is often involved—seven out of twenty-two cases which came to necropsy.
The radiographic appearance is characteristic enough to be of great value in the differentiation from other forms of malignancy and tuberculosis. References to the radiographic diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease are to be
WHITAKER LR. MALIGNANT LYMPHOMA (HODGKIN'S DISEASE)A RADIOGRAPHIC STUDY. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1923;32(4):538–555. doi:10.1001/archinte.1923.00110220058007
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