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December 1958

Associated Carcinoma of Larynx and Lung

Author Affiliations

Springfield, III

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(6):710-714. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020734009

The association of carcinomas of the larynx and lung is illustrated by two patients who have come to our attention. In the first patient the association was concurrent; in the second it was consecutive.

Lewis and Schaff1 reported 12 patients with this combination. Cahan2 was able to collect 19 examples from Memorial Hospital, New York, in a survey of 2052 cases of lung cancer that covered a 28-year period. He found 18 examples of associated carcinoma of the head and neck other than laryngeal in the same series of lung cancer cases. Thomson and Schaff3 reported an amazingly high incidence of associated lung and laryngeal cancer; 5 out of 20 patients coming to postmortem examination with laryngeal cancer were shown to have developed concurrent or subsequent bronchial carcinomas.

Report of Cases  Case 1.—A white man, age 66, was treated in 1944 for carcinoma of the vocal cords