(Kawasaki Syndrome; Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome)
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Early symptoms (in first 2 weeks) may include
- High fever—lasting for at least five days and usually greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8 degrees Celsius)
- Conjunctivitis (also known as “pink eye”)—red or “bloodshot” whites of the eye
- Soreness and swelling of the mouth, lips, and throat
- Strawberry tongue—white/yellow coating and bright red bumps on tongue
- Swollen hands and feet that may look red
- Swollen lymph nodes (organs of the immune system) in the neck
Later symptoms (within 2 weeks of the start of fever) may include:
- Peeling of skin on hands and feet
- Joint problems
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
Intravenous Gamma Globulin
- Preventing the formation of blood clots
- Reducing fever
- Easing joint swelling
- Treating rashes
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
Kawasaki Disease Foundation http://www.kdfoundation.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.com
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- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/14/2014 -
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