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what is kawasaki disease?

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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infectious disease: Kawasaki disease is an uncommon infectious disease in children ages 1-8. However, recognition and treatment are extremely important in order to prevent coronary artery disease in children affected by it. A high fever (>102 f) lasting for more than 5 days, red eyes, red tongue/lips/throat, rash, swelling of hands and feet, and a swollen neck gland are the typical constellation of symptoms.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
26 years experience Pediatrics
Fever plus...: Kawasaki disease is a potentially serious illness including high fevers for several days, plus irritability, rashes, red eyes, and several other characteristic symptoms. It's most common in toddlers and young children.
Answered on Nov 26, 2017
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
18 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Inflammatory disease: Kawasaki disease is a childhood illness. Symptoms may include high fever, rash with later peeling skin, extreme irritability, conjunctivitis/red eyes, irritated oral mucous membranes, a "strawberry tongue, " and swollen lymph nodes. Iv antibody replacement and high dose Aspirin can help prevent cardiac complications including coronary artery aneurysms (weakness/ballooning of the vessel walls).
Answered on May 10, 2015
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience Pediatrics
Artery inflammation: The exact cause is unknown but it causes swelling in arteries throughout the body. Watch http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=lxtuw8pmpyk and http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=smw9yipnacg to learn more.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Barton Cook
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Serious illness: KD is an acute febrile vasculitis syndrome of childhood. Also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. Symptoms are fever, rash, conjunctival injection, cervical lymphadenitis, inflammation of the lips and oral cavity, and erythema and edema of the hands and feet. Coronary aneurysms develop in 25% of untreated children. It is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the USA.
Answered on Dec 15, 2014
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Dr. Barton Cook
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KD: Kd is an acute febrile vasculitis syndrome of childhood. Also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. Symptoms are fever, rash, conjunctival injec ... Read More
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
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See below: The usual symptoms and signs of kawasaki's disease include fever, reddening of the eyes, cracked and inflamed lips and mucous membranes of ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Neish
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Inflammatory disease: Kawasaki disease is an incompletely understood disease that has characteristics of an inflammatory vasculitis. The cause is unknown. Presentation an ... Read More
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Blood count, but...: ...The high platelet count you usually see in kawasaki is rarely needed to make the diagnosis. The combination of 5 days of fever, rash, red eyes, and ... Read More
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