Primary ciliary dyskinesia as a cause of neonatal respiratory distress: implications for the neonatologist

J Perinatol. 2003 Dec;23(8):684-7. doi: 10.1038/


We report two cases of term infants who presented with prolonged respiratory distress, rhinitis, and situs inversus. A high index of suspicion led to the diagnosis of Kartagener Syndrome, which is a subgroup of primary ciliary dyskinesia, in the immediate neonatal period.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cilia / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Kartagener Syndrome / complications*
  • Kartagener Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / etiology*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / therapy