PCD is a rare and under-diagnosed genetic condition, likely occurring in 1 in 20,000 individuals in the United States. PCD results in a number of symptoms related to the abnormal motion of cilia (the tiny hair-like structures that line the respiratory tract and are found in other organ systems). Cilia play many roles in the body, including: organ arrangement during fetal development, filtration of the outside environment, and movement of secretions.
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At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we feel fortunate to be a part of so many kids’ lives. The pulmonology and respiratory team cares for thousands of children each year in our inpatient and outpatient settings. And every patient is special to us.
The pulmonary and respiratory team at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is nationally recognized. We specialize in diagnosing, treating and managing any problem that affects a child’s breathing. The 32 physicians from Children’s and Children's Respiratory & Critical Care Specialists have received years of special training in lung and respiratory care.
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We treat patients with both acute and chronic breathing problems in the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota pulmonology and respiratory medicine program. Our asthma clinic is the largest pediatric asthma center in the state. Our Cystic Fibrosis Center – where kids with CF, a pulmonary related condition are seen, is in the top tier of cystic fibrosis centers in the Midwest. We’ve even been accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a Translational and Therapeutics Development Center. That means we are able to offer leading-edge clinical trial drugs to patients.
The pediatric pulmonology and respiratory medicine program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota gives children the breath of life — literally. We help children with chronic and acute lung problems breathe easier using the newest, most effective treatments. And we’re there with them every step of the way.