Kawasaki’s disease

Brian W. McCrindle

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Kawasaki’s disease

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Kawasaki’s disease is an acute, self-limited, inflammatory vasculitis of unknown aetiology, with a peak incidence under 5 years of age.

Clinical features—the diagnosis is made in the presence of persistent fever for 5 days or more and at least four of the following five clinical signs: (1) nonpurulent conjunctivitis, (2) oropharyngeal inflammation, (3) cervical lymphadenopathy, (4) polymorphous exanthem, and (5) erythema of the palms and soles with subsequent desquamation. Incomplete presentations occur in approximately 25% of patients. The primary complications are cardiac, with coronary artery dilation and aneurysms evident in approximately 15 to 25% of untreated patients....

Chapter.  3235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Rheumatology

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