Kawasaki Disease

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Kawasaki Disease
Kawasaki Disease

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Why everyone needs to know about Kawasaki disease

Besides having the distinction of being the only fever in children that is treated with Aspirin, these are the reasons why everyone needs to know about Kawasaki disease:

1. It is often misdiagnosed.

Many of the symptoms associated with Kawasaki disease are also associated with numerous other childhood illnesses, making it difficult for doctors to determine the true cause of the symptoms. To complicate matters even further, the symptoms may not show up at the same time (as in Isaiah's case) or many of the symptoms may not show up at all (incomplete KD). Currently, there is no diagnostic test for Kawasaki disease.  It is typically diagnosed using a combination…

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 Why everyone needs to know about Kawasaki disease

I know many parents of KD survivors (myself included) and survivors themselves who are KD advocates and raise awareness on a daily basis. I am sure there are people that wonder why we are so passionate about this cause, and given that it is considered rare, why it is such a big deal. These are the reasons why everyone needs to know about Kawasaki disease...

Kawasaki Disease Foundation

KDF strives to be at the forefront of Kawasaki Disease issues by uniting the personal insight of families with the expertise of medical professionals.

Kawasaki Disease - Road to Discovery

This is the first attempt to perform whole-genome sequencing to define the biome of the tropospheric wind. Trans-oceanic transport of a human pathogen has not been previously reported. This is the first proposal that KD could be triggered by an infectious agent or antigen traveling as an aerosol and transported by large-scale winds.

Kawasaki Disease Canada

To promote the awareness of Kawasaki Disease among the medical community,childcare providers, and the general public, that is critical to early diagnosis and treatment

Kawasaki Disease Foundation Australia

This site has been set up for the purpose of creating a support network and information exchange for families in Australia who have been affected by Kawasaki Disease.

Kawasaki Disease Foundation Challenge

This is a fundraiser for a test that could save kids hearts and lives.

Kawasaki Disease Foundation India

Welcome to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation in India, a non-profit organization to take care of children with Kawasaki Disease in India especially to support children with coronary artery disease.


My husband and I have built this site with the aim to try and give you a better understanding into this condition and to offer our support should you need it.


Many children that contract KD have a health history of being ill very often. Most parents state that their KD child was sick a few weeks prior to the onset of KD. KD is an autoimmune disease and is presumed to be the interaction of genetic and environmental factors.

The Kawasaki Disease Forum

Mission: To provide an open forum for everyone to freely discuss Kawasaki disease and related matters.

Isaiah's Kawasaki Disease Journey

On October 19th, 2011 my 2 year old son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease. Life has not been the same ever since. I want to share his story to help raise awareness of this disease. We were fortunate that Isaiah was diagnosed and treated for his illness. However, Isaiah developed multiple aneurysms in his coronary arteries as a result of Kawasaki disease.


KS occurs worldwide, with the highest incidence in Japan, and it most often affects boys and younger children. KS may have a winter-spring seasonality, and community-wide outbreaks have been reported occasionally.


Kawasaki disease has become the most common cause of heart disease in children born without birth defects. If Kawasaki disease is not recognized and appropriately treated within 10 days, the risk for permanent heart damage increases.


Kawasaki disease is a serious and perplexing disease, the cause of which is unknown. Some researchers believe, however, that it is caused by a virus or bacteria.


The disease is relatively common, and in the United States it is a major cause of heart disease in children. In recent years, it has tended to occur in localized outbreaks, most often in the late winter or spring, but is seen year-round. Kawasaki disease almost always affects children; most patients are under 5 years old, and the average age is about 2. Boys develop the illness almost twice as often as girls.


Doctors can manage the symptoms of Kawasaki disease if it's caught early. Most kids will feel better within 2 days of starting treatment. Heart problems usually won't develop if Kawasaki disease is treated within 10 days of the start of symptoms.


Signs of Kawasaki disease, such as a high fever and peeling skin, can be frightening. The good news is that Kawasaki disease is usually treatable, and most children recover from Kawasaki disease without serious problems...Kawasaki treatment is a rare exception to the rule against aspirin use in children.


Kawasaki's disease is a syndrome of unknown cause that mainly strikes young children. Signs of the disease include fever and redness of the eyes, hands, feet, mouth, and tongue. The disease can be treated with high doses of aspirin (salicylic acid) and gammaglobulin. Kawasaki's disease usually resolves on its own within a month or two. Some children with Kawasaki's disease suffer damage to the coronary arteries.


Kawasaki disease is not well understood and the cause is yet unknown. It may be an autoimmune disorder. The problem affects the mucus membranes, lymph nodes, walls of the blood vessels, and the heart.


Kawasaki disease is a disease of young children that causes fever, a rash, and other typical symptoms. Most children recover fully, but serious complications develop in some cases. Early treatment can prevent complications.

Pegasus Therapeutics

Pegasus Therapeutics is combining the latest technology in non-surgical aneurysm treatment and coronary artery stenting to design a bioresorbable flow diverter -- a medical device that gives the body a chance to heal and then dissolves away completely after the therapeutic timeframe. Our vision is for children with coronary artery aneurysms to live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

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