TITLE

Kawasaki Syndrome

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Kawasaki Syndrome, or Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome, an acute childhood disease that affects many systems of the body. The condition was first observed in the 1960's, by Tomisaku Kawasaki, a Japanese physician. The cause is unknown. Symptoms are fever, rash, a strawberry-red tongue, and peeling skin on the fingers and toes. In severe cases, the coronary arteries become inflamed, causing injury to the heart. There is no specific treatment. Most patients fully recover with time. There is evidence to suggest that the use of aspirin, if taken at the onset of the disease, reduces the risk of heart complications.
ACCESSION #
37309502

 

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