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.

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My son had kawasaki disease at 5 month old (know 10 month old) should I worry that every time tha he will get sick it's about auto immune diseases?

No but be cautious . In medicine there is a saying that say, "common things are common". Little 10 month olds with history of kawasaki can get a regular cold/flu/stomach bug just like any other 10 year-old. Just discuss with you doctor what signs and symptoms to look for and if there is any prophylactic measures to take. Good luck. 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 . 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...
Increases risk of MI. Some children who had kawasaki disease as a child will develop aneurysms (weakened blood vessels) in the blood vessels that supply the heart. These aneurysms put the children at risk of heart attacks at very young ages. There may be other reasons to have heart attacks at young age though, although this is one of the most common. Read more...

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. . Read more...

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. Read more...

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...

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...
Rare. Dr ferguson's answer is correct. We have seen 2-3 dozen over the past 10 years in our practice , including several with cardiac complications. Read more...

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...
Signs. Fever of >5 days rash lymphadenopathy conjunctivitis swollen lips fingers and toes strawberry tongue some blood testing abnormalities. Read more...

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...