Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki Disease is an acute children’s illness characterized by fever, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, irritation and redness of the whites of the eyes, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and irritation and inflammation of the mouth, lips and throat.  Most children fully recover, but some experience long-term heart complications that may include inflammation of the blood vessels, particularly the coronary arteries, and the heart muscle or the sac surrounding the heart. The coronary arteries or other parts of the heart are affected in up to 20 percent of children with this disease.

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