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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is kawasaki disease?

A disease caused by the body's immune system attacking the blood vessels. As such, Kawasaki disease requires hospitalization for treatment and ultrasound scans. Regular follow-up scans are also important to reduce the risk of future heart attacks.

Symptoms of kawasaki disease

  • Skin abnormality

  • Fever

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Mouth pain

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Spots in mouth

  • Redness around BCG / tuberculosis vaccination site

Questions your doctor may ask to check for kawasaki disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose kawasaki disease

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have bloodshot (red) eyes?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Do you have pain inside your mouth?

Treatment for kawasaki disease

The standard treatment is with anti-inflammatory drugs. The doctor may recommend IVIG, a mixture of antibodies that will reduce heart inflammation. In the event of damage to the heart's blood vessels, lifelong follow-up with a heart specialist may be needed.

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