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Primary ciliary dyskinesia

Other Names for this Disease
  • Ciliary dyskinesia primary
  • ICS
  • Immotile cilia syndrome
  • Polynesian bronchiectasis
  • Polynesian bronchiectasis
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Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a genetic disease which affects the upper and lower airways of the lungs. Through an inherited defective gene, the cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the respiratory passages) in individuals affected by this condition are either immotile (unable to move) or dysmotile (they move incorrectly). As a result, the body is not able to keep the lungs and sinuses clear of fluids, which can lead to congestion, infection, and various other complications.[1][2] Because cilia are also present in the brain and reproductive organs, individuals with primary ciliary dyskinesia may also have chronic headaches, hydrocephalus and infertility.[1]  
Last updated: 5/10/2011


  1. Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia. American Lung Association. 2011; Accessed 7/12/2011.
  2. Kartagener's Syndrome. Kartagener's Syndrome and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation. Accessed 3/15/2011.
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