Our Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Center in the only one of its kind in Southern California, and is one of only four in the Western United States. Only a limited number of centers have extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) – meaning we treat patients from California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

PCD is best managed by a multi-specialty team that follows PCD Foundation Consensus Recommendations for Diagnosis, Monitoring, Treatment of PCD and Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diagnosis of PCD.

Our multi-specialty team not only manages care for young patients with PCD, but diagnoses them. Since this disease is rare, it can be hard to recognize and is often misdiagnosed. For children suspected of having PCD, we can perform a simple breath assessment to rule out PCD or diagnose the disease using the latest technology, called a nitric oxide (Nno) analyzer. 

Early diagnosis and care with a multi-specialty team can:

  • Prevent permanent damage to the lungs (bronchiectasis) which can lead to respiratory failure
  • Prevent hearing loss as a consequence of chronic sinus and ear disease
  • Prompt evaluation for organ laterality defects, including complex congenital heart disease, which are common in PCD
  • Improve quality of life since symptoms are felt lifelong

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PCD is best managed by a multi-specialty team care which can include:

  • Pediatric pulmonologist
  • Pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT)
  • Medical geneticist
  • Physical therapist
  • Registered dietitian 
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Social worker


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