Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Center

Offering Accurate Diagnosis and Personalized Management of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a genetic disorder that affects the function of cilia, the tiny structures that line the airways, ears, sinuses and other organs and keep those areas clean, free from infection and functioning normally.

PCD, which can lead to frequent respiratory infections and permanent damage to the lungs and respiratory system, affects an estimated 25,000 people in the U.S.; however, fewer than 1,000 people know that they have it. That is why coming to a center with expertise in diagnosing this rare genetic disorder is so important.

The First Fully Accredited PCD Center in Ohio

The Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, is the first in the U.S. to be fully accredited by the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation and is the only approved PCD center in Ohio. We offer a full range of advanced testing capabilities for both children and adults to help ensure that those who have PCD are accurately diagnosed and can get the treatment they need.

Who Should Be Tested

Because PCD is underdiagnosed, experts suggest children get tested if they have two or more of the following characteristics:

  • Heterotaxy (organs on the opposite side of the body from their usual location)
  • Newborn respiratory distress and oxygen requirement without a clear reason
  • Daily runny nose since the first year of life
  • Daily cough since the first year of life

Additionally, adults should get tested if they have had these issues and/or have unexplained bronchiectasis (lung scarring).

Team of PCD Experts

Our center offers leading-edge testing for both PCD and non-CF bronchiectasis, a condition that affects adults who may have undiagnosed PCD. Our multidisciplinary team of experts can perform PCD testing, accurately interpret the results, and develop an individualized therapy plan for each patient.

Our team of PCD specialists includes:

  • Pediatric and adult pulmonologists
  • Neonatologists
  • ENT specialists
  • Cardiologists
  • Geneticists
  • Pathologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Nurses with PCD expertise


More information on PCD can be found at:

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