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December 1951

TREATMENT OF INTRINSIC CARCINOMA OF THE LARYNX IN PATIENTS WITH PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

Author Affiliations

MEMPHIS
From the Tuberculosis Section, Medical Service, Veterans Administration Medical Teaching Group, Kennedy Veterans Administration Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(6):624-631. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750120017003
Abstract

ALTHOUGH it would seem obvious that a far from rare condition such as ^ carcinoma of the larynx must coexist in a few of the many patients with pulmonary tuberculosis, such cases rarely have appeared in our medical literature. Whenever this combination is mentioned, the tuberculosis is considered to be a contraindication to radical resection of the carcinoma.1 Yet the early surgical removal of an intrinsic carcinoma of the larynx and the affected vocal cord is believed to result in the highest percentage of cures.2 Irradiation alone is considered best only when the growth is extrinsic.

Our experience suggests that owing to the availability of streptomycin, it is now possible to offer patients with active tuberculosis who also have carcinoma of the larynx the benefit of surgical resection of the cancer with comparative safety, as regards both operative mortality and postoperative complications. In this paper, we record the detailed

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