15 April 2019

Meeting report: 1st PH meeting in Egypt

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The Egyptian Society of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis held its 60th Annual International Congress from 2 to 5 April 2019 at the Hilton Heliopolis, Cairo Egypt, during which the PVRI 1st PH meeting took place. 

The Congress was held under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi; Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Professor Khaled Abdel Ghaffar; Minister of Health and Population Professor Hala Zayed; President of the Society & the conference Professor Mohamed Awad Tageldin and Secretary General of the conference Professor Gehan Elassal.

The Congress was endorsed by the:

  • Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI)
  • European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  • World Association for Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP)
  • International Workshop on Lung Health (IWLH). 

The meeting was well attended with over 1,250 physicians from Egypt and 20 from the United Arab Emirates. The faculty included 8 international speakers, and these were professors: 

  • Nazzareno Galie, Italy
  • Reda Girgis, United States
  • Mario Gerges, Austria
  • Majdy Idrees, Canada
  • Jan Hedner, Sweden
  • Spasoje Popvic, Serbia
  • Zugic Vladimir, Serbia. 

We would like to thank the three PVRI sponsored speakers, Reda Girgis, Mario Gerges and Majdy Idrees, for their input and contributions.

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Over the four-day event, 125 speakers and 110 chairpersons presented various topics on the following specialties: cardiology, imaging, oncology, clinical haematology and rheumatology covering the following sessions: 

  • Management of PAH
  • PVRI session
  • Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Thoracic imaging debates
  • Cardiac comorbidities in pulmonary diseases (interactive session)
  • Sleep medicine
  • Airway diseases & lung cancer sessions. 

The PVRI 1st PH meeting session covered: 

  • Definition, classification and pathogenesis of PAH, in view of updated guidelines
  • Diagnosis and importance of a step wise algorithm up to RHC
  • Different treatment approaches and when to use
  • Portopulmonary hypertension
  • CTEPH
  • Haemodynamic assessment of PH patients. 

We would like to thank Dr Aymen Farghaly, Military Medical Academy, and Professor Gehan Elassal, Ain Shams University, for organising this exciting event.


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