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Symptoms Of Kawasaki Disease In Adults
How can I make my community more aware of kawasaki disease? What are the main symptoms of the disease?
Why do community...: ...Education about kawasaki? It is rare, unpredictable, not preventable, and rarely missed as a diagnosis after 5 days of fever - the minimum time to make the diagnosis in the first place. The other symptoms are rashes, red eyes, swollen hands and feet, and a swollen lymph node. ...Read more
The usual symptoms and signs of kawasaki's disease include
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
KD: Kawasaki disease (kd) is an acute vasculitic (inflammation of blood vessels) syndrome of early childhood. It is characterized by fever for more than 5 days, red skin rash, blood-shot eyes without pus, swelling of hands/feet, red and cracked lips/tongue, enlarged lymph nodes, and irritability. It is potentially serious and requires prompt treatment in the hospital. ...Read more
Kawasaki Disease (KD):
Kd is a vasculitis, or inflammation of arteries. The cause is unknown, but perhaps partially related to an immune response after a viral infection. It occurs only in children.
Signs/symptoms include fever every day for 4-5 days, irritability, conjunctivits, red tongue, peeling skin, rash, and red/cracked lips. Coronary arteries can be involved, so early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. ...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
What are long term effects on an adult who may have had kawasaki disease as a child and was never treated. At 21 I had a mi at 25 chronic htn at 48 I had a stroke. My dr keep asking me about a rash when I was a child. One dr said I probably had undiagnose
Kawasaki disease is a very rare and poorly understood disease that affects the blood vessel walls, the mucous membranes, and the lymph nodes in children under the age of 5. There is no specific test that leads to the diagnosis, rather there are a list of criteria that a patient must have to qualify for kawasaki disease.
Treatment usually includes intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig), high dose Aspirin and sometimes steroids.
Many patients will also be followed with heart ultrasounds every 1-2 years since 25% of kids will develop coronary aneurysms (bubbles in the walls of the heart's blood vessels). These aneurysms can cause a myocardial infarction (heart attack). That being said 99% of kids of with kawasaki disease completely recover with early detection and treatment.
Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more
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. ...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 more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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
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
Internet: There are multiple excellent website on the topic. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
Unknown: There are multiple theories about causes of kawasaki disease. Unfortunately no one knows the exact cause. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Diseases with features that are similar to kawasaki disease include:
viral infections such as rubeola, roseola, rubella, adenovirus, bacterial infections such as streptococcal scarlet fever, staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, toxic shock syndrome, lyme disease
rocky mountain spotted fever
juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
drug reaction. ...Read more
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
No: While we have not yet identified the cause of kd, we do know that kd is not a "genetic" disease. However, it is likely that certain genes confer an increased susceptibility for contracting kd or developing some of its complications. ...Read more