Also known as Kawasaki Syndrome (Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome)
Is a rare childhood illness that affects the blood vessels. It can harm coronary arteries, which carry blood to the heart muscle. The disease is most common in children ages 1 to 2 years and is less common in children older than age 8. It does not spread from child to child (is not contagious).
- Fever lasting for 5 days
- Red eyes
- Body rash
- Swollen, red, cracked lips and tongue
- Swollen, red feet and hands
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Get medical help right away if your child has symptoms of Kawasaki disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can often prevent future HEART PROBLEMS.
How serious is KAWASAKI DISEASE ?
Most children who had Kawasaki Disease got better and had no long-term problems. Early treatment is important, because it shortens the illness and lowers the chances of getting heart problems.
Some children will have damage to the coronary arteries. An artery may get too large and form an aneurysm. Or the arteries may narrow or be at risk for blood clots. A child who has damaged coronary arteries may likely to have a heart attack as a young adult.