- A number of medical specialists have come together to form a professional multi-centre group in the UK – with the aim of providing a new and joined-up way of assessing and managing individuals who may have symptoms from large airway collapse (LACS).
- The aim of the group is to progress an approach that allows individuals suffering with conditions which affect the large central airways (i.e. the trachea and bronchial tubes) to receive an accurate and prompt diagnosis – so the condition can be successfully treated and managed.
- At the moment the conditions are not well understood by the medical profession, and thus, standardisation of definition, assessment and treatment is urgently needed.
- A key aim of the group is to establish a National LACS Registry to help progress our understanding.
Founding members of the group include:
- Dr. James Hull, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.
- Mr. Guri Sandhu, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Charing Cross Hospital.
- Dr. Rob Niven, Clinical Lead for the Asthma Service, University Hospital of South Manchester.
- Professor Martin Birchall, Consultant in ENT Surgery, University College London Hospitals