Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)
Learn About Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
Primary ciliary dyskinesia is caused by genetic mutations that affect the tiny hairline cilia in the lungs, nose and ears, impairing their ability to remove germs and pollutants, and allowing mucus buildup and infection.
Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of PCD typically appear shortly after birth or in early childhood but may not be recognized and diagnosed for years.
Treating and Managing Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
Treatment of PCD focuses on maintaining breathing capacity and preventing serious infections from damaging the lungs. Most people with PCD who are diagnosed relatively early and have proper care live a long life with good quality.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
Being diagnosed with a chronic disease such as PCD can be disheartening. Making notes, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you create an open dialogue with your physician.