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5 Things you need to know about Classical Kawasaki disease [message #827] Wed, 20 May 2020 09:18
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Is a noninfectious autoimmune disease that targets the endothelium membrane of the medium sized arteries in the body. It affects infants and children aged below 14 years. Kawasaki’s disease is also prevalent in the youth, but is diagnosed less than 50 years of age. Conditions with the same presentation but above 50 are associated with Polyarterits Nodosa.

The symptoms involve fever for five days and the major four of five which are: polymorphous rash, strawberry tongue, bilateral conjunctivitis, lymphadenopathy and oral erythema. The major concern is the condition affects coronary vessels which impede heart supply to the heart. The coronary arteries risk aneurysms and thrombosis. It causes myocardial infarction with time.

Under management, Kawasaki’s disease is a mild to moderate disease. However, when left untreated, it is a life threatening condition even when admitted early.

At the moment there is no definitive treatment for Kawasaki’s disease, but only pain relief and immunotherapy are issued. High dose aspirin to reduce the inflammation, administration and infusion with immunoglobulins (IVIG).

The causes of Kawasaki are also unknown, with lab results being inconsistent.

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