Wednesday 19 June 2013

The European Cystic Fibrosis Society Conference: Day 3 session on NTM

Janet Allen, Cystic Fibrosis Trust Director of Research, attends a special session exploring the NTM bug, and discovers how organisations across the world can come together to fight for a common cause.

A whole session at ECFS was dedicated to a discussion on NTM, the bug that is causing some physicians concerns. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has set up a working group to look at our cross-infection guidelines.

Meanwhile, a partnership between ECFS and CFF has been working hard to develop a series of guidelines on how to identify that someone has NTM, how to find out exactly which bug is responsible (as NTM represents a number of subtypes) and importantly, recommendations on which antibiotics should be used to treat it.

This working party is led by cystic fibrosis physicians in the UK and is a wonderful example of how the different CF organisations can come together across all of Europe and the USA to create a unified set of guidelines on diagnosis and treatment.


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