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Kawasaki disease is a severe, uncommon childhood
illness that causes inflammation of the blood vessels. Although there is no
specific lab test to diagnose Kawasaki disease, criteria developed by the
American Heart Association (AHA) are used to identify the condition.1
Major symptoms of Kawasaki disease
Kawasaki disease is diagnosed if your child:
Sometimes a child will meet some but not all of these criteria. This
is called incomplete or atypical Kawasaki disease. It tends to occur in infants
less than 1 year old. If your child has incomplete Kawasaki disease, your
doctor will order blood tests to look for further signs of Kawasaki disease.
Your child may also have a heart test called an
echocardiogram to look for coronary artery damage. The
results of these tests will determine what type of treatment your child will
Newburger JW, et al. (2004). Diagnosis, treatment, and
long-term management of Kawasaki disease: A statement for health professionals
from the Committee on Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis, and Kawasaki Disease,
Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, American Heart Association.
Pediatrics, 114(6): 1708–1733. [Erratum in
Pediatrics, 115(4): 1118.]
December 7, 2010
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Stanford T. Shulman, MD - Pediatrics
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