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Causes Of Kawasaki Syndrome
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a disease in which the body creates antibodies that fight against our own body. Your brother had high fever for more than 5 days, the doctor couldn't find where the infection was comming from and decided to do blood test; that's where he saw high platelets (a blood component) and made the diagnosis. This disease responds very well to a drug named ivig and then aspirine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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