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Kawasaki Disease is a rare disease that causes heart problems in children. Kawasaki Disease is a form of condition which causes inflammation of the blood vessels i.e. veins, arteries and capillaries. While its cause is still unknown, studies indicate that it may be caused by the immune system’s reaction to some sort of a virus. The most common symptoms of Kawasaki Disease include high fever, rashes, bloodshot eyes, swollen lymph nodes, swollen hands and feet, and red palms.
HOW IS KAWASAKI DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease does not have a specific protocol, the aim is to rule out other diseases. General physicians may order for urine and blood tests for ruling out other diseases. Electrocardiogram and echocardiogram help diagnose the heart’s condition.
HOW IS KAWASAKI DISEASE TREATED?
Kawasaki Disease is treatable without causing any serious, long term issues. For children suffering from the disease, aspirin and gamma globulin may be prescribed for treating inflammation and lower risk of coronary artery problems. A combination of anticoagulants drugs and angioplasty, stent placement may be performed for preventing complications
DID YOU KNOW?
Kawasaki Disease leads to serious heart problems in 20- 25% of untreated children.