Symptoms And Treatment Of Kawasaki Disease

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Kawasaki Disease
Rekan Dinesh
Mrs. Cheryl Taylor
Southeastern College

Kawasaki disease is a disease that predominately affects children. It is a condition that causes an inflammation of walls of arteries. The disease is very rare, so rare that there are fewer than 20,000 cases per year in the United States. Due to its rarity, the etiology of the disease is unknown, causing the medical diagnosis of the disease very difficult. In order to diagnose a child with Kawasaki disease, all other diseases and conditions must be ruled out. This is hard to do because some of the symptoms that a diagnosed child may present are common amongst other conditions. Although rare, the disease is usually not life threatening and is easily treatable. When diagnosed, the child undergoes an initial treatment that includes an intravenous immunoglobulin along with high doses of aspirin. This usually cures the child of the disease but in the cases where the disease is not cured, further medical interventions are necessary.

Kawasaki disease, also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, is a very frightening disease amongst children. It affects people by causing inflammation in the arteries throughout the body, including the coronary arteries, which supplies the muscles with blood. This disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease among first world countries (Gordon, Kahn,

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