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Kawasaki Disease (Overview)

A childhood illness caused by inflammation of medium sized blood vessels.


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What is kawasaki disease?

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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Dr. Zuheir Said
73 doctors shared insights

Kawasaki Disease (Overview)

A childhood illness caused by inflammation of medium sized blood vessels.


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What does a child with kawasaki disease look like?

What does a child with kawasaki disease look like?

Unwell: A child with Kawasaki disease is irritable, miserable, "measley" looking although most people don't know measles. The conjunctivitis is bright angry red, the lips are bright, beefy red in color, and there may be rash. High fever for at least five consecutive days is required. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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What are the symptoms of kawasaki disease?

Fever over 5 days,: ...Rash, red eyes, red mucous membranes, painful hands and feet, swollen lymph nodes. ...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

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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What is kawasaki disease, signs and symptoms?

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 the mouth with an inflamed "strawberry" tongue, ulcerative gum disease (gingivitis), swollen lymph nodes in the neck (cervical lymphadenopathy), and a rash that is raised and bright red. The rash appears in a glove-and-sock distribution. ...Read more

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Question- is it possible to treat kawasaki disease?

Yes: New onset kawasaki disease usually responds to one or more IV infusions of gamma globulin followed by high dose Aspirin during the acute phase followed by low dose Aspirin in the later phase.A workup including examination of the heart is done to monitor occasional aneurysms in the heart blood vessels.Later management depends on response to the early rx. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
once
Treat symptoms
once
See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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How common is it for somebody to get kawasaki disease?

How common is it for somebody to get kawasaki disease?

3-4K/yr 80%: According to the AAP report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (Redbook)2009 the incidence is estimated at 3-4 thousand cases /yr in the US, 80% ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
daily
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Just diagnosed with kawasaki disease. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Multiorgan disease: Children less than 5 years of age , first described in japan, of un known cause, affecting multiple organ systems( mucocutaneous, lymphatic, coronary artery of the heart, hospital admission and early institution of treatement is imperative. Parents should be adviced to continue low dose Aspirin until coronary artery abnormalities is resolved. Serial echocardiograms are needed. ...Read more

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My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

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 more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
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Can kawasaki disease be passed on to offspring?

Possibly: Since doctors are not sure what exactly causes kawasaki disease, the answer is not known exactly. There are theories about possible infectious causes due to the seasonality of the illness. There are also some possible genetic causes due to a high prevalence in some asian ethnicities especially the japanese. Those genetic factors could be passed to your offspring. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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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 daughter is being treated for kawasaki disease, will her heart rate go back to normal when she is fully recovered?

Almost certainly: The high heart rate of kawasaki disase (kd) is usually only present during the febrile phase. Those who are treated with ivig only very rarely have long-term cardiac problems. However, chidlren who are not treated with immunoglobulin (ivig) have a 25% chance of developing aneurysms of the coronary arteries (and other arteries) that can injure the heart and may also cause a high heart rate. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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What are the possible treatments for kawasaki disease?

Stop inflammation: Kawasaki's disease is treated with high doses of Aspirin (salicylic acid) to reduce inflammation and to mildly thin the blood to prevent blood clot formation. Also used in treatment is gamma globulin administered through the vein (intravenous immunoglobulin or ivig), together with fluids. ...Read more