Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia DNAH5

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an inherited disorder which affects the movement of tiny hair-like structures known as cilia. Cilia are found in many different body organs, especially the lungs, digestive tract and reproductive organs. In PCD, the cilia are abnormal, and don’t move correctly. People with this disorder cannot clear the mucous and fluid in their lungs and airways. This leads to frequent respiratory infections, and continuous nasal congestion and coughing. In addition, because cilia are involved in how the organs form and develop, many people with PCD may have abnormal placement of the organs in the body, known as situs abnormalities.

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