Kawasaki Disease is commonly associated with Asian children.
This is a vasculitis, or inflammation of blood vessels, that results in cell death.
This disease often presents with persistent fever for more than five days.
This is a characterization of the tongue. Its texture looks like a strawberry and its red color also points to that description.
There is often swelling of the cervical lymph nodes, which can present as neck pain or fullness of the neck.
This is skin peeling off the hands and body. The hands and body look waxy and often red as the skin peels off.
Patients with this disease often present with swollen hands and feet that are painful and red.
Conjunctivitis is commonly a component of Kawasaki Disease.
These are irregularities of the heart's blood supply. This can cause acute MI in young children. It surpassed rheumatic heart disease as the most common acquired heart disease in children.
IVIG is part of the treatment for Kawasaki Disease, and consists of giving patients immunoglobulins to neutralize the self immunoglobulins that are attacking the blood vessels and causing the vasculitis.
This is one of the few occasions when aspirin in a child is allowed. High-dose aspirin is given to prevent coronary thrombus. Usually it is not given to children due to Reye's syndrome.
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