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My 10 y.o daughter has kawasaki disease and multiple giant aneurysms from her neck down, diagnosed at six weeks old. Is decompression an option at all?

My 10 y.o daughter has kawasaki disease and multiple giant aneurysms from her neck down, diagnosed at six weeks old. Is decompression an option at all?

Probably not: Giant aneurysms have been successfully decompressed by use of polyurethane endovascular stents. This has been done in cases where the aneurysm was pressing on adjacent structures causing complications. The procedure entails some risk and likely would not be feasible for multiple asymptomatic giant aneurysm. ...Read more

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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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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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Back pain and kawasaki disease related?

Back pain and kawasaki disease related?

Possibly: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

No it is not: Kawasaki is an fever involving illness of childhood which leads to inflammation of medium-sized vessels in the body, most notably those contained within the heart. The cause of this illness is unknown but many believe that it is viral-mediated. ...Read more

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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

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What treatments for kawasaki disease can I try at home?

None: Kawasaki disease is a serious illness and you should consult an md asap. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Is kawasaki disease contagious?

No.: Kd is not contagious, but there are environmental factors that may include infections, perhaps viral. Viral infections can of course can be passed from person to person. Therefore, kd occurs in clusters, but no one catches kd directly from another person. ...Read more

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Can kawasaki disease happen genetically?

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

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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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Which is kawasaki disease, and their signs and symptoms?

Which is kawasaki disease, and their signs and symptoms?

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

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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 you please describe kawasaki disease, and their signs and symptoms?

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