J Pediatr Infect Dis 2008; 03(01): 005-012
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1556958
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart – New York

Kawasaki disease

Athar Baig
a  Hurley Medical Center, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Department, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, Flint, MI, USA
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Walid Abuhammour
a  Hurley Medical Center, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Department, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, Flint, MI, USA
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Publication History

15 January 2007

10 July 2007

Publication Date:
28 July 2015 (online)

Abstract

Kawasaki disease is an acute febrile multi-system syndrome that is considered one of the most common vasculitides of pediatric age group. It is the leading cause of acquired cardiac disease in developed countries. In the absence of an identifiable etiological agent or diagnostic test, clinical criteria form the basis of diagnosis. High index of suspicion and prompt treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin are necessary to prevent complications. We present a short review of the current state of understanding of Kawasaki disease about its etiopathogenesis, diagnostic criteria, and management.