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Kawasaki disease effects reduced with steroid treatment

A scientific study has shown that children with Kawasaki disease benefit from early steroid therapy combined with advocated treatment with aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). The steroids act to reduce coronary blood vessel inflammation, which untreated can cause significant heart disease and possibly death. Symptoms of Kawasaki disease include a prolonged fever of over 5 days, rash, reddened eyes, palms and bottoms of feet, and enlarged lymph glands. The cause is unknown, but the disease is highly sensitive to timely treatment.

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About: Kawasaki disease effects reduced with steroid treatment

Date: 3 October 2005

Source: EurekAlert

Author: Eryn Jelesiewicz

URL: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-10/tu-srh093005.php

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