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Facts about Kawasaki disease

Kawasaki disease, or mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, is an idiopathic condition that results in blood vessel inflammation particularly of the coronary arteries and predominantly affects children. Kawasaki disease can result in such premature heart conditions as aneurysms, heart attacks and other heart disease. It presents with a fever, enlarged lymph nodes, arthritis, anorexia, non-discharging conjunctivitis, "strawberry tongue" (red, lumpy tongue), reddened lips, hands and feet that later peel, and a rash. Blood tests diagnosed the condition with a cardiac echo to first detect, then monitor for any heart abnormalities. Treatment of the disease is by boosting the immune system with gamma globulin and preventing heart attacks with aspirin. Timely treatment can prevent any heart complications from developing.

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About: Facts about Kawasaki disease

Date: 2005

Source: About.com

Author: Mary Krugler

URL: http://rarediseases.about.com/od/rarediseasesk/a/121604.htm

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