Kawasaki syndrome

What is Kawasaki syndrome?

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Kawasaki disease, also known as Kawasaki syndrome, lymph node syndrome, and mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, is an autoimmune disease in which the medium-sized blood vessels throughout the body become inflamed. It is largely seen in children under five years of age. It affects many organ systems, mainly those including the blood vessels, skin, mucous membranes, and lymph nodes. Its rarest but most serious effect is on the heart, where it can cause fatal coronary artery aneurysms in untreated children. Without treatment, mortality may approach 1%, usually within six weeks of onset. With treatment, the mortality rate is 0.17% in the U.S.

Often, a pre-existing viral infection may play a role in its pathogenesis. The disorder was first described in 1967 by Tomisaku Kawasaki in Japan.

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My 8yr old daughter has elevated temp of 37.0 to 37.3 during day with her normal being 36.6; this follows higher fever with sore throat 2wks ago...

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My daughter is 6. She has been complaining of a stomach pains every great once in a while. She has diaherra and vomitted last night but only a few...

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Kawasaki disease is a rare disease in children, characterized by the following:
sudden onset of fever > 39 ° C of 5 days or more
Reddening of both...

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My 12 yr old has been sick for 8 days now. She started with fever as high as 104, and sore throat and stuffy nose. Strep test was negative but...

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