Kawasaki syndrome: an intriguing disease with numerous unsolved dilemmas

January 2011
Pediatric Rheumatology;2011, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p17
Academic Journal
The article reports on Kawasaki syndrome (KS), an enigmatic illness which damages the coronary arteries in a quarter of untreated patients. KS is the most common cause of childhood-acquired heart disease in developed countries. One of the main obstacles to beginning treatment early is the lack of specific laboratory tests for early identification of the disease. It is reported that recognition and treatment of the potential long term sequelae is crucial. It is stated that there is a need for more education to physicians on how to recognize the long-term impact of systemic problems related to KS.


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