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A Road Less Traveled


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Anders Andreasson, MD
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
anders.si.andreasson@gmail.com


After a much-appreciated symposium taking us through the lifespan of a cystic fibrosis patient, this multidisciplinary "Lifecycle Journey" concept seems to be established and here to stay. Instead of a classic case report followed by a panel discussion, this series was intended to be a sort of practical integrated hybrid, portraying a patient's journey through life with specialist discussions on best clinical practice scattered along the way.

At this year's Concurrent Symposium 25: A Lifecycle Journey in Pulmonary Hypertension, the focus was set on a 17-year-old female patient presenting with rapidly deteriorating severe pulmonary hypertension on top of an HIV infection and previous substance abuse.

Dr. James Coons kept the audience on track with a flowing case presentation, which was often interrupted by Dr. Jean Luc Vachiery, Dr. Patricia Ging, Professor Patricia Uber, and Dr. Francis Pagani who added their individual expert knowledge at key journey intervals. Even though an even more homogenous and case concentrated presentation would have been stimulating, this new format concept was innovative and is here to stay for sure!

Disclosure Statement: the author has no conflicts of interest to report.




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