What is KD?

Kawasaki disease (KD), also known as Kawasaki syndrome, is a severe illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants. Kawasaki disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children.

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What are the symptoms of KD?

KD is characterized by an inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body. 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 KD Cases per 100,000 IN THE UNITED STATES

74

Annual KD Cases for Children under 5 years old: U.S.

25

Annual KD Cases that may develop coronary aneurysms: U.S.

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