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Can animals be cause of kawasaki syndrome?

Can animals be cause of kawasaki syndrome?

Probably not: The cause is unknown. Haven't heard of any particular animals being suspected in the cases where kids have come down with kawasaki disease. ...Read more

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Kawasaki Disease (Definition)

Kawasaki disease is a childhood illness caused by inflammation of medium sized blood vessels. Symptoms include fever for greater than 5 days, strawberry red tongue, red lips, swollen lymph nodes, and a peeling rash. The most serious complication is caused by inflammation of blood vessels that supply the heart, leading to a weakness in the wall of those blood ...Read more


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Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Occasionally: Kawasaki disease can lead to most commonly a specific rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and specific changes to the lips/tongue and hands/feet. However, there are specific changes that can occur in the heart. Occasionally this may lead to a murmur, which is a specific sound of blood flowing through the heart. Most often, though, kawasaki disease causes heart inflammation without a murmur. ...Read more

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Can kawasaki disease cause death if left untreated?

Can kawasaki disease cause death if left untreated?

Yes: Kawasaki disease can cause heart problems, most notably coronary aneurysms. On occasion a fatal heart attack can be the result. Treatment within 10 days greatly reduces the chances of serious complications. ...Read more

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My bf is caucasian & at age 6 aquired kawasaki disease which is weird cause they say only Asian. is there a chance when we have a kid they will get it?

My bf is caucasian & at age 6 aquired kawasaki disease which is weird cause they say only Asian. is there a chance when we have a kid they will get it?

Not exactly. : Kawasaki's disease is an immune system response triggered by an infection with certain organisms . susceptibility genes have been identified which could inherited and they would determine the likelihood of you getting KD. To clarify it is not limited to people of Japanese descent but the disease is most often seen in Japanese persons. The chance of your child getting KD is same as general popul ...Read more

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Can kawasaki disease cause death in a young child if not treated?

Can kawasaki disease cause death in a young child if not treated?

Yes: Kawasaki's disease is a very serious condition that can cause some serious complications such as a coronary artery aneurysm. These aneurysms can clot causing a heart attack or rupture and both of these can cause death. Your pediatrician should hospitalize your child and treat immediately with ivig (immunoglobulins), and that can decrease the risk of this very serious complication. ...Read more

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Can my heartburn be caused by my kawasaki disease as a child?

Can my heartburn be caused by my kawasaki disease as a child?

No: Kawasaki disease is a type of autoimmune vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) affecting children almost exclusively that can have long term effects on the heart (coronary artery aneurysms) if not treated appropriately and promptly but heartburn, or gastroesophogeal reflux (GERD), is not one of them. ...Read more

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I had kawasaki disease when i was a kid, will that cause me to have heart problems as an adult?

Possibly: If you had any coronary involvement from the disease you should have been followed periodically all along, as you are at risk. If you appear to have completely recovered with no evidence of any coronary involvement, there is some concern that you may be at risk for premature coronary disease as an adult. Your primary physician needs to be aware of your history to appropriately advise you. ...Read more

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What is kawasaki disease?

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. ...Read more

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What is kawasaki disease like?

What is kawasaki disease like?

KD: 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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kawasaki disease?

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 swollen hands, feet, and a lymph node is usually enough. ...Read more