Kawasaki syndrome

Anne H. Rowley*, Frank Gonzalez-Crussi, Stanford T. Shulman

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Kawasaki syndrome is an acute self-limited illness of young children that may result in significant cardiovascular sequelae in 20% of patients. The etiology is unknown, but clinical and epidemiologic features strongly suggest an infectious etiology. The incidence of coronary artery abnormalities has been dramatically reduced by administration of intravenous y-globulin in the acute phase of illness. This paper reviews the clinical, laboratory, etiologic, epidemiologic, cardiovascular, pathologic, and therapeutic aspects of Kawasaki syndrome. Discovery of the etiology of this disorder will enable more specific diagnostic tests and therapies to be developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalReviews of Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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