An association between sputum eosinophilia and carcinoma of the lung: a study of 549 patients.


A prospective 11 year study of sputum cytology in 5,475 patients with respiratory diseases other than asthma or Loeffler's syndrome showed that carcinoma of the lung was the commonest single condition associated with a sputum eosinophilia: it occurred in 68 (12.4%) of the 549 patients with pulmonary carcinoma. While clearly not a diagnostic finding, sputum… (More)


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