Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an autosomal recessive genetic condition in which the microscopic cells in the respiratory system called cilia do not function normally. Ciliary dysfunction prevents the clearance of mucous from the lungs, paranasal sinuses and ears. Bacteria and other irritants in the mucous lead to frequent respiratory infections. Kartagener syndrome is a type of PCD associated with a mirror-image orientation of the heart and other internal organs (situs inversus).

Supporting Organizations

American Lung Association

55 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: 1-800-548-8252

American Lung Association in Connecticut, East Hartford

45 Ash Street
E. Hartford, CT 6108
Tel: (860)289-5401
Fax: (860)289-5405
Tel: (800)586-4872

British Paediatric Orphan Lung Disease


Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311

PCD/KS Foundation

10137 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55420
Tel: (612)386-1261
Fax: (800)371-7575

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Last Updated:  5/21/2015
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