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Pcd link with dextrocardia situs inversus

Seanys
Seanys

Hi, my wife and I are expecting our first child and unfortunately she has been diagnosed with dextrocardia situs inversus. Fortunately her heart structure has been looked at today and it is completely healthy and normal!

They did mention that there is a link with this condition and PCD.

My question was if my wife and I are tested to see if one of us doesn’t carry the recessive gene does that completely rule out the chance of our baby having PCD?

It’s all a bit overwhelming and appreciate any answers

Thanks!

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fionac66
fionac66Administrator

Hi - congratulations! Unfortunately we don’t know all the genes that cause PCD yet so no prenatal testing on you and your wife would be helpful. When the baby is born then make sure the paediatrician is aware of this and if they have any respiratory issues then get he or she tested ASAP.

Only 50% of people with pcd have situs inversus too ... so you may be ok.

The good news is that if your baby does have pcd it will be picked up really early ... which means you could start treatment straight away (which is daily physio and targeted antibiotics) which gives them a much better start in life.

The situs inversus itself is unusual but normally doesn’t give anyone any issues.

Wishing you lots of luck.

fionac66
fionac66Administrator
in reply to fionac66

Sorry just reread your message ... hope she is ok

cctemplet
cctemplet
in reply to fionac66

What type of doctor can diagnose (test) for PCD? My husband is complete situs inversus (dextrocardia too) with zero sperm motility and chronic respiratory infections as well as coughing up a phlegm every day year round. He is 42 and we have been told this could be PCD.

fionac66
fionac66Administrator
in reply to cctemplet

Are you in the UK? If so we have three centres that can test for pcd please watch video on our website pcdsupport.org.uk ‘what is pcd’ page

cctemplet
cctemplet
in reply to fionac66

We are in the US

fionac66
fionac66Administrator
in reply to cctemplet

hiya - the PCD Foundation should be able to help you. pcdfoundation.org

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