What is Kawasaki Syndrome?

Kawasaki syndrome is an acute, febrile illness of unknown etiology. It is most common in children under 5.

What are the symptoms of Kawasaki Syndrome?

Kawasaki Syndrome is not thought to be contagious. Left untreated, it can cause heart problems in children, although it is rare. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Irritation/redness of the eyes
  • Swollen lymphnodes in the neck
  • Irritation/inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat

Who is most at risk for Kawasaki Syndrome?

  • Children under the age of 5
  • People of Asian descent
  • Boys

How is Kawasaki Syndrome diagnosed?

Other diseases can be mistaken for Kawasaki Syndrome, so they have to be ruled out before a proper diagnoses can be found. Blood or urine tests may be necessary.

How is Kawasaki Syndrome treated?

A doctor may recommend an infusion of gamma globulin or aspirin. They may want to monitor the heart to be sure the infection does not spread. Talk to your doctor for the best treatment option.

How can Kawasaki Syndrome be prevented?

There is no known way to prevent Kawasaki Syndrome. It can be contracted more than once.

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/kawasaki/.