Mayo Clinic Receives First-of-Its-Kind Accreditation for Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Diagnosis

Newswise – ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, the academic testing arm of the Mayo Clinic Laboratories, has been accredited as a diagnostic site by the PCD Foundation. Mayo Clinic is the first and only center of excellence to receive PCD Foundation accreditation for the diagnosis of primary ciliary dyskinesia, a rare and debilitating lung disease.

“This recognition of our laboratory services by the PCD Foundation clearly reflects our shared commitment to meeting the needs of these patients and their families,” said Joseph Maleszewski, MD, pathologist at Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic performs electron microscopy testing. Thoracic pathologists provide expert interpretation of ultrastructure, a particularly complex reading of findings due to the nature of the disease and how symptoms present. Through ongoing research to improve diagnosis and patient care, the Mayo Clinic is evaluating additional tests to diagnose primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD).

Although primary ciliary dyskinesia is a rare disease, Mayo Clinic pathologists are experienced in diagnosing this disease, given the number of cases they receive each year through Mayo Clinic Laboratories, the laboratory of Mayo Clinic reference. The department receives samples from around the world, helping healthcare professionals receive diagnostic answers that can be translated into clinical care.

“Access to high-quality diagnosis and treatment for all people with primary ciliary dyskinesia is one of the foundation’s primary goals,” said Michele Manion, Executive Director of the PCD Foundation. “Mayo Clinic pathologists have provided high-quality, reliable ciliary biopsy services to the PCD community for many years, and we are delighted to formalize this relationship by accrediting them as our premier diagnostic site, which will work in close collaboration with our growing network of more than 40 clinical sites.

Once accredited, testing sites should maintain a high level of quality and contribute their expertise to ongoing quality improvement efforts to better support the diagnosis of primary ciliary dyskinesia.


About the PCD Foundation
The PCD Foundation was founded by a PCD parent and a PCD patient in 2002. As a patient-focused organization, the goal of the PCD Foundation is to provide the leadership and resources needed to support increased research, a accelerated diagnosis, better health, and ultimately a cure for PCD. To learn more about the PCD Foundation and the PCD Foundation Clinical and Research Centers Network, visit

About Mayo Clinic Laboratories
Mayo Clinic Laboratories is a global reference laboratory that helps healthcare professionals around the world advance patient care, strengthen their practice and expand access to specialized testing. Through collaborations with Mayo Clinic clinicians and healthcare professionals around the world, Mayo Clinic laboratories are an essential part of patient care.

About the Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education, and research, and providing compassion, expertise, and answers to all who need healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for more Mayo Clinic news.

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