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Kawasaki disease

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Introduction
Kawasaki disease is a rare condition that mainly affects children under the age of five. It is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.
Symptoms of Kawasaki disease
The symptoms of Kawasaki disease usually develop in three phases over a six-week period. A fever of 38C (100.4F) or more is usually the most common symptom.
Causes of Kawasaki disease
The cause of Kawasaki disease is not fully understood, but the condition is thought to be caused by an infection.
Diagnosing Kawasaki disease
There is no single test to diagnose Kawasaki disease. Your GP will confirm the condition by looking at your child's symptoms and carrying out a physical examination.
Treating Kawasaki disease
Kawasaki disease usually has to be treated in hospital because it can cause serious complications. Aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin are the two main treatments.
Complications of Kawasaki disease
With prompt treatment, most children make a full recovery from Kawasaki disease. However, sometimes complications can develop which are mainly affect the heart.