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Kawasaki Disease

More common among the Japanese, the disease afflicts children and is a distinctive clinical illness characterized by fever and rash. It can result in serious complications involving the heart, causing large thrombosis, and even leading to death.

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1. What is Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki Disease is an inflammatory disease of medium and large arteries that leads to fibrosis and stenosis of the arteries. There is no clear known cause, but it is a type of inflammatory response occurring mainly in children.

2. What causes Kawasaki disease?

It is not clear what causes Kawasaki disease. Scientists believe a virus or bacteria may be responsible.

3. Can it be prevented?

Currently there is no known ways of prevention, primarily as cause is yet to be known.

4. Will my child recover fully after the illness?

Yes, more than 80% of the children recover fully. Very few them might suffer from heart conditions, which might note be evident immediately.

5. Which doctor should I see if Kawasakis disease is suspected for diagnosis?

A Paediatrician or a doctor for Infectious disease should be consulted.

6. Is it known by any other names?

It is also called as Kawasakis Syndrome, or mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

7. Is it contagious?

Kawasaki disease does not appear to be contagious, nor does it appear to be hereditary.

8. Is it common in India?

Incidence of this disease in India is extremely low as there are very meager case reports. Complications due to this disease in Indian patients are still rare.

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