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Posts published in October 2019

Lung Transplants

Lung transplants are given to people as a last resort treatment for irreversible lung failure. Lung failure happens when the lungs are damaged and unable to transfer oxygen and carbon dioxide to and away from cells. Some diseases that cause the lungs to fail and are treated with transplants are emphysema, including the form caused by the alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary…

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD), also known as Immotile Cilia Syndrome, is a rare genetic birth defect that involves the blocking of respiratory passages. Patients with PCD have abnormal or absent ciliary motion. Cilia are tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the respiratory passages. During infections more mucus is produced and because the abnormal cilia can’t move or move ineffectively,…