What is Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki disease (KD), or Kawasaki syndrome, is a severe illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants.

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What are the symptoms of KD?

Kawasaki disease symptoms usually appear in three phases. Because there is no specific test for KD, doctors make a clinical diagnosis based on a set of symptoms and physical findings.

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What are the complications of KD?

KD is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in U.S. children, but with effective treatment, only a small percentage of KD patients have lasting coronary artery damage.

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Kawasaki Disease by the Numbers

5447

Annual KD Cases in the United States

19

Annual U.S. KD Cases per 100,000

25

KD Cases at risk of coronary aneurysms

74

KD Cases for Children under 5 years old

The Symptoms of Kawasaki Disease

Bloodshot Eyes

Rash

Strawberry Tongue and Red, Cracked Lips

Swollen Lymph Node in Neck

Red Palms/Soles and Swollen Hands/Feet

If your child has had a fever for at least five days, together with two or more of the symptoms listed above, ask your doctor whether he or she could have Kawasaki disease.

Kawasaki disease is a serious illness that causes inflammation in the coronary artery wall. If left unrecognized and untreated, it could cause serious damage to the heart. Highly effective treatment for Kawasaki disease is available. 

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