The Malaysian Thoracic Society’s Annual Congress was held in Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 20 to 23 July 2017. In collaboration with the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI), a Congress workshop entitled: Acute Pulmonary Embolism to Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension: State of The Art Management was held before the main event.
The workshop was well attended with 70 delegates signing up to learn more about acute and chronic vascular diseases. These delegates were from a mixed background, including both junior doctors and senior consultants from a range of specialities (respiratory medicine, cardiology, haematology, general medicine).
The workshop was divided into two sessions. The morning session covered acute pulmonary embolism with the afternoon session looking into chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.
The programme included:
- Pulmonary embolism: A background (Prof Dr Paul Corris, consultant respiratory physician)
- Case discussion 1: Risk stratification of pulmonary embolism (Prof Dr Roslina binti Abdul Manap, consultant respiratory physician)
- The role of imaging in pulmonary embolism (Josephine Subramaniam, consultant radiologist)
- Case discussion 2: To thrombolyse or not to thrombolyse (Dr Haizal Haron Kamar, consultant cardiologist)
- Case discussion 3: The argument for lifelong anticoagulation (Assoc Prof Dr Bee Ping Chong, consultant respiratory physician)
- Management of bleeding in anti-coagulated patients (Dr Jameela Sathar, consultant haematologist)
- Management of acute pulmonary embolism The way forward (Prof Dr Paul Corris, consultant respiratory physician)
- Case discussion 4: CTEPH An easily missed diagnosis (Assoc Prof Dr Pang Yong Kek, consultant respiratory physician)
- Investigating suspected CTEPH (Dr Sundari Ampikaipakan, consultant respiratory physician)
- Medical intervention for CTEPH. Do the drugs work? (Datuk Dr David Chew, consultant cardiologist)
- Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (Dr Lim Soo Teik, consultant cardiologist)
- The surgical approach to CTEPH (Mr David Jenkins, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon)
The workshop ended with a meeting of the PVRI Regional Task Force.