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The Department of Respiratory Medicine
hosts the state wide Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia diagnostic service. PCD is an
uncommon inherited condition and more common causes of symptoms such as chronic
cough and upper airway symptoms should be excluded before a referral to the
service is initiated.
The diagnostic service is available to
patients of all ages and is able to study patients from the first week of life
into late adult life.
All referrals should be sent directly to Dr Philip Robinson at the address below. Referrals will only be accepted from consultant physicians and Ear Nose and Throat surgeons. Other medical personnel wishing to refer patients to the service should discuss the referral with Dr Robinson directly.
Is held twice monthly on a Tuesday afternoon at Specialist Clinics Desk A 5 on the ground floor of the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Testing takes between 30 - 60 minutes and consists of several steps.
All patients are initially seen by Dr Robinson where the reason for referral
and past symptoms are discussed. Following this a discussion of PCD in general terms and a description of
the testing to be completed is given. Patients then attend the
testing laboratory at A 3 and are introduced to the scientists who will conduct the
The following tests are performed:
No results will be available to the patient on the day of testing. All results will
be forwarded to the referring doctor.
Results of ciliary brushing testing
(ciliary beat frequency and synchronicity) are generally available within 1- 2
weeks. If samples are submitted for electron microscopy final results will be generally be available within 4 weeks of testing.
If necessary cells may also be submitted for cell culture. This step will take a further 2 -3 weeks
Associate Professor Phil Robinson
Department of Respiratory Medicine,
Royal Children’s Hospital
Phone: +61 3 9345
Fax: +61 3 9345
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