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Foreword Fabio Midulla
Fabio Midulla is Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. He has been working in
paediatric pulmonology for the last 30 years. He is the author of more than 80 articles published in peer-reviewed
journals. His main research activities are in bronchoalveolar lavage in children and on acute bronchiolitis. He is the
head of the paediatric assembly of the European Respiratory Society.
W elcome to the latest edition of European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases, which features a wide
range of topical reviews and editorials.
This issue begins with a discussion by Griesenbach and Alton of gene therapy in cystic fibrosis, a subject that has recently
experienced a resurgence in interest within the medical community. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has also
been the focus of considerable recent research, including the regulatory approval of 10 PAH-specific drugs in the last
decade. Following this impressive progress, Vachiery presents revisions to European guidelines for the management
of PAH. Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common and well-documented condition, but unanswered question remain.
Ersu describes the treatment options for children with obstructive sleep apnoea, with a focus on individualised approaches.
By contrast, nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease (NTM-PD) remains poorly understood, despite the fact that
it is increasing in prevalence. A review by Loebinger and Welte discusses the unmet needs and latest advances in the
diagnosis and treatment of NTM-PD. Finally, Mlika presents a case report of a sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung that
mimicked a thromboembolic disease, highlighting the importance of considering the possibility of lung carcinoma in
patients with radiological features related to thromboembolic disease.
European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases would like to thank all expert authors who contributed towards this edition.
A special thanks goes to our Editorial Board for their continuing support and guidance. We hope that you will find
something of interest among these timely and insightful articles. q
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