Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) | American Lung Association

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare genetic (inherited) condition that can lead to chronic ear, sinus, pulmonary disease (bronchitis/bronchiectasis), reversed or flipped organs (situs inversus) and fertility issues.

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What is primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and is it serious? See what it means to have this illness.

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Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors

Symptoms of PCD typically occur shortly after birth or in early childhood, and involve ears, sinuses and lungs. PCD may first be diagnosed as asthma, chronic bronchitis, smoking-related COPD, or just bronchiectasis of unknown cause.

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Diagnosing and Treating Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)

There are treatments for the effects on patients of having PCD. A careful history obtained by an experienced clinician is the first step in diagnosing PCD, followed by a careful examination and targeted tests.

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Lving with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)

For the most part, people with PCD who are diagnosed relatively early and have proper care should live a long life with good quality.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the first appointment with your doctor.

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This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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