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It is a pity that so many eminent societies have sponsored, and Thorax has published, a supplement entitled “Guidelines on Interstitial Lung Disease”1 which is incomplete because no mention is made of children. Interstitial lung disease is a problem at all ages.2–4 Indeed, genetic disorders such as surfactant protein C deficiency are relevant in adults and children.5 The supplement should have been entitled “Guidelines on Interstitial Disease in Adults” or, far better, brought together specialists in interstitial lung disease across all ages to achieve the truly comprehensive guideline that the present title erroneously implies.
Competing interests: None.