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Adult kawasaki disease: is the strawberry tongue, rash, and/ or red eyes always present with the illness?

Adult kawasaki disease: is the strawberry tongue, rash, and/ or red eyes always present with the illness?

Kawasaki Disease: Kawasaki disease, or mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, occurs predominantly in children and rarely in adults. Symptoms include acute vasculitis, mucosal inflammation, rash, cervical adenopathy, hand and foot swelling, and late fingertip desquamation. In the most severe cases, aneurysms develop in one or more coronary arteries.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Please tell me what kawasaki disease is ?

Inflammatory disease: Kawasaki disease is an incompletely understood disease that has characteristics of an inflammatory vasculitis. The cause is unknown. Presentation and symptoms seem most typical for an infection. Successful treatment depends on timely recognition (first ten days) and administration of immunoglobulin. Late treatment may result in coronary aneurysms which can have serious consequences.

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How does Kawasaki disease affect the body?

How does Kawasaki disease affect the body?

Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a type of vasculitis (autoimmune inflammatory disease affecting blood vessels) that can cause prolonged fevers, arthritis, rash, cracked dry lips, swollen "strawberry" tongue, enlarged neck lymph nodes, coronary artery aneurysms, swelling in hands & feet, skin peeling, extreme irritability, red injected eyes. "Confused" white blood cells become highly active and attack blood vessels.

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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.

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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.

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How to help a child suffer from kawasaki disease?

How to help a child suffer from kawasaki disease?

Seek medical care: Kawasaki disease is a serious illness. A child with kd requires specific medical therapy (ivig and aspirin), after which there is prompt clinical improvement. If there is coronary artery involvement then lifelong cardiology care will be required.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%

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What is the definition or description of: Kawasaki disease?

What is the definition or description of: Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki disease: Kawasaki disease is a rare disease of the blood vessels. Symptoms included fever > 5 days, red eyes, swollen red hands and feet, swollen red cracked lips and tongue, swollen neck lymph nodes and body rash. Kawasaki disease can also seriously affect the coronary heart vessels and gallbladder. It most commonly affects children under 8 years old. Cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown.

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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.

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Does the age of a child affect the severity of kawasaki disease?

Possibly: Kawasaki disease has an unknown cause. It can actually cause a "heart attack" in some kids. I had several cases of the disease and one boy had an abnormal ekg. I found that the disease quickly disappeared when i treated these kids with a very high powered organic vitamin. I passed this information on to a professor of pediatrics at a university. He thought that i was crazy!

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How do you treat a child with a moderate case of kawasaki disease?

How do you treat a child with a moderate case of kawasaki disease?

IV Gamma Globulin: Kawasaki disease is a disease of unknown cause that can lead to aneurysms in the coronary arteries of the heart. The current standard of care is to treat with IV gamma globulin (ivig) and place the child on Aspirin therapy. A cardiology consult is recommended. I know of no cases of "mild kawasaki disease." either it is present or not.

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Could use expert help with why are asians most affected with kawasaki disease?

Could use expert help with why are asians most affected with kawasaki disease?

Unknown: Kawasaki disease affects children of all races and ages and both genders. It occurs most often in children of asian and pacific island descent. The disease is more likely to affect boys than girls. Most cases occur in children younger than 5 years old. The basis for these differences is poorly understood but is likely related to genetic factors.

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