Kawasaki Disease (KD)
Understanding Kawasaki Disease (KD)
KD, also known as Kawasaki syndrome, is a serious illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants and is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children.
Symptoms of Kawasaki Disease (KD)
Early symptoms of Kawasaki Disease (KD) include:
- Fever, lasting five or more days.
- Rash (often worse in the groin area).
- Red bloodshot eyes, without drainage or crusting.
- Bright red, swollen, cracked lips, "strawberry" tongue, which appears with shiny bright red spots after the top coating sloughs off.
- Swollen hands and feet and redness of the palms and soles of the feet.
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease (KD)
There is no specific test for KD; doctors make a clinical diagnosis based on a collection of symptoms and physical findings.
Treatment of Kawasaki Disease (KD)
Timely diagnosis and treatment (which usually includes immune globulin therapy) is highly effective in preventing coronary complications. Immune globulin therapy is administered into the blood stream intravenously (IVIG). Doctors continue to study the long-term outcome of children who do not appear to have coronary involvement.
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