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Kawasaki Disease

Alternate Names : Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome, Kawasaki's Syndrome

Kawasaki Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis of Kawasaki's disease begins with a medical history and physical exam. This disease is hard to diagnose. It is fairly rare and resembles common childhood infections. When a child fails to get better with antibiotics, a healthcare provider often begins to suspect this disease.

Because it resembles other infections, various blood tests may be done to help rule out other conditions. These tests include:

  • a complete blood count, or CBC
  • the level of C-reactive protein, which is an abnormal protein seen only during the acute stage of certain illnesses
  • a sedimentation rate, which detects inflammation or infection in the body
  • Additional tests may be done, such as:

  • chest X-ray
  • echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart
  • EKG, to look for damage to the heart
  • liver function tests
  • urinalysis

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    Author: Jorge Allende, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/01/01

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