Children's Launches New Clinic for Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama recently launched a new clinic that aims to improve the quality of life of youth with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, or PCD.
The PCD Clinic at Children’s of Alabama is run in conjunction with the PCD Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The program is approved as a clinical care center by the Minneapolis-based Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation, focusing on the inherited disorder of moving cilia – structures lining the airways, ears and sinuses. Moving cilia are needed to keep the lungs, sinuses and ears free of debris that can cause infection and disease. Poor functioning cilia in PCD patients can lead to chronic, recurring infections and permanent damage.
The clinic is the only one of its kind in the region to provide access to both pediatric and adult care. Doctors Wynton Hoover and Marty Solomon serve as the co-directors, with Hoover overseeing the pediatric clinic at Children’s and Solomon overseeing the adult clinic at UAB. The pediatric clinic is generally held the fifth Wednesday of a month in Clinic 6 in Children’s McWane Building, 1600 7th Ave. S., Birmingham.
About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.
Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center, as well as Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact exceeding $5 billion on the state. The five pillars of UAB’s mission include education, research, patient care, community service and economic development. UAB is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Center for Translational Science Award. Learn more at www.uab.edu. UAB: Knowledge that will change your world.