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Kawasaki's disease can be misdiagnosed as common childhood ailments

Kawasaki’s disease is a febrile disorder affecting children below 5 years. It affects mainly the blood vessels but can also affect the mucous membrane, lymph nodes and skin. Kawasaki's disease is a self limiting condition but early diagnosis and treatment prevents the development of fatal complications. Since there are no specific tests to diagnose Kawasaki's disease, diagnosis is made by exclusion of other common childhood conditions which have similar symptoms. It can be misdiagnosed as Scarlet Fever, Measles, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Toxic Shock Syndrome. A diagnosis of Kawasaki's Disease can be made if the fever lasts for five or more days and the child has accompanying signs and symptoms.

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