Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia in Children
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare and under-diagnosed genetic condition, likely occurring in 1 in 20,000 individuals in the United States. Primary ciliary dyskinesia in children 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.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Primary ciliary dyskinesia symptoms include chronic nasal congestion, chronic wet cough, and frequent sinus and chest infections. Children with PCD often have chronic plugged ears and may have undergone ear tube placement with persistent ear drainage. Children with primary ciliary dyskinesia may also have abnormal arrangement of their internal organs or infertility challenges.
About treatment for PCD at Children’s Minnesota
Diagnosis of primary ciliary dyskinesia in children requires a thorough evaluation and treatment is often overseen by a lung doctor. Our program combines the collaborative efforts of pediatric pulmonologists, pediatric otolaryngologists (ENT), geneticists, cardiologists, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, pulmonary technologists, pathologists and many support staff members.
We are pleased to be a part of the PCD Foundation’s Clinical and Research Center Network and are committed to improving the lives of those affected by PCD.
For questions or to make an appointment, contact a PCD specialist at Children’s Respiratory & Critical Care Specialists: 612-813-3300