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Kartagener syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • Dextrocardia - bronchiectasis - sinusitis
  • Dextrocardia bronchiectasis and sinusitis
  • Immotile cilia syndrome, Kartagener type
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia, Kartagener type
  • Siewert syndrome
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Your Question

I have Kartagener syndrome. As I get older, it seems as if my symptoms are getting worse. I am on a long-term regimen of antibiotics and wondered if there were other options for management of this condition or resources where I can obtain support for a healthy lifestyle.

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

How might Kartagener syndrome be treated?

There is currently no cure for Kartagener syndrome. Treatment varies based on the signs and symptoms present in each person. Airway clearance therapy, similar to that used in cystic fibrosis, can loosen thick, sticky mucus so it can be cleared away. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat respiratory, sinus, and middle ear infections and may be given on a long-term basis in people with chronic or frequent infections. Surgery to insert ear tubes may be recommended in children with chronic ear infections that are resistant to antibiotics. In people with severe lung disease, lung transplantation may be an option.[1][2][3]

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Last updated: 2/2/2015

Where can I find support for people with Kartagener syndrome?

For more information on the organizations that provide general and condition-specific support to people with Karagener syndrome, visit our organizations page. Please click on the link to access this information.
Last updated: 2/2/2015

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Dextrocardia - bronchiectasis - sinusitis
  • Dextrocardia bronchiectasis and sinusitis
  • Immotile cilia syndrome, Kartagener type
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia, Kartagener type
  • Siewert syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.