What Is Kawasaki Syndrome?

Kawasaki disease, also known as Kawasaki syndrome, is a form of vasculitis, a family of rare disorders characterized by inflammation of the body’s blood vessels. According to the CDC, the clinical symptoms of Kawasaki disease include “fever, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, irritation and redness of the whites of the eyes, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and irritation and inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat.” According to the National Institutes of Health, in the U.S. and other Western countries, Kawasaki disease occurs annually in approximately one in 10,000 children under 5, though recent infections have included children up to age 15.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, Kawasaki disease is usually treatable with intravenous immunoglobulin and aspirin, and most children make a full recovery. However, if left untreated, it can lead to heart disease or other serious heart complications that can be life-threatening.

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