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And Now For Something Completely Different....
Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation

Lorriana Leard, MD
University of California-San Francisco

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lorriana leardFour years ago a group of Junior Faculty and Trainee members of the ISHLT collaborated to add a new twist to the International Meeting. With so many master clinicians together, they decided that one way enhance the meeting would be to create a forum to highlight the diagnostic and management challenges that confront us in thoracic transplantation.

Thus in Chicago in 2010, the first Clinical Case session entitled Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation was held. The session was very well received—the room was packed to overflowing, provoking an invigorating discussion. Given the tremendous success of that first session, the JFTC continues to sponsor Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation each year. The contribution of clinical cases has grown to include a poster session in addition to the cases presented. To recognize the outstanding contributions by junior faculty and trainees, the society has awarded the best case presentation with complimentary registration for the next international meeting. Last year, this award went to Michelle Kittleson for her case illustrating the "Threat of Donor Transmitted Amoebic Encephalitis in a Heart Transplant Recipient."

This year, the cases were submitted by junior faculty and trainees at the same time as the abstracts. Fascinating cases from around the world were submitted, and the review process was difficult. Six remarkable cases have been selected for presentation at the meeting in Prague. These six cases will highlight some of the current challenges that confront clinicians in Lung Transplantation, Heart Transplantation, Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Thoracic Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support, and Pulmonary Hypertension. Master clinicians have been invited to discuss the intricacies of these cases and share clinical pearls. We hope that you will join us to participate in what promises to be, once again, a controversial discussion of the issues raised by these challenging cases.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.