Kawasaki disease

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  • Also known as: mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome
  • Vasculitis of unknown etiology
  • Peaks at 18-24 months
    • Rare in <4mo, >5yr
  • Leading cause of acquired heart disease in children
  • Coronary aneurysm more common in incomplete than in classic KD

Clinical Features

Kawasaki disease signs
  • Fever that is high, abrupt. Anyone with a fever >5 days should get considered for a Kawasaki workup.
  • Rash often seen in perineum; accompanies onset of fever
  • Cardiac complications develop early on
    • Coronary artery aneurysm development most prevalent as fever lessens

Associated Symptoms

  • Cardiac
    • Coronary aneurysm
      • Most develop during 3-4th week of illness
      • May lead to MI (leading cause of death)
    • Myocarditis/pericarditis
    • Pericardial effusion
    • LV dysnfunction
    • Valvular dysfunction
    • Dysrhythmias
  • Labs
    • Elevated ESR/WBC/LFTs/Plts
  • Aseptic meningitis
  • Urethritis
  • Anemia
  • RUQ pain, large gallbladder (hydrops on US)

Differential Diagnosis

Pediatric fever

Erythematous rash



  • CBC
  • LFTs
  • ESR, CRP
  • Blood culture
  • Urinalysis
  • ECG
  • TTE (Coronaries, LV, valves)
  • Red Top "Kawasaki Serum to CBR"
  • Consider echocardiogram
    • If ESR≥ 40, CRP≥ 3, or if desquamation occurs


  • Clinical diagnosis
Classic Kawasaki Disease Fever for 5 days or more plus four of the following symptoms
1. Bilateral nonexudative conjunctivitis
2. Mucous membrane changes (erythema, peeling, cracking of lips, "strawberry tongue," or diffuse oropharyngeal mucosae)
3. Changes of the extremities (erythema or swelling of hands/feet, peeling of finger tips/toes in the convalescent stage)
4. Rash
5. Cervical adenopathy (more than one node >1.5 cm unusually unilateral anterior cervical)
Incomplete Kawasaki Disease Fever for 5 days and two to three clinical criteria of classic Kawasaki disease plus
C-reactive protein 3.0 milligrams/L and/or erythrocyte sedimentation rate 40 mm/h plus positive echocardiogram or three or more of the following:
1. Albumin <3 grams/dL
2. Anemia
3. Elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
4. Platelets >450,000/mm3 7d after fever onset
5. White blood cell count >12,000/mm3
6. Pyuria



  • Admit
  • Follow-up cardiac evaluation for coronary aneurysm screening