William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Catherine Burt Driver, MD
Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.
- Kawasaki's disease facts
- What is Kawasaki's disease, and how do doctors diagnose it?
- What is mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome?
- What are causes and risk factors of Kawasaki's disease?
- Who develops Kawasaki's disease?
- What are the usual symptoms and signs of Kawasaki's disease?
- What are unusual signs and symptoms of Kawasaki's disease?
- What is the difference between Kawasaki's disease and Kawasaki's syndrome?
- Is Kawasaki's disease contagious?
- How can Kawasaki's disease cause serious complications?
- What is the treatment for Kawasaki's disease?
- What is the prognosis for children with Kawasaki's disease?
- Is it possible to prevent Kawasaki's disease?
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Kawasaki's disease facts
- Kawasaki's disease is a syndrome of unknown cause that mainly strikes young children.
- Kawasaki's disease symptoms and signs include
- redness of the eyes, hands, feet, mouth, and tongue.
- The disease can be treated with high doses of aspirin (salicylic acid) and gammaglobulin.
- Kawasaki's disease symptoms usually resolve within a month or two, but the disease should be considered a "lifelong disease" because monitoring for late-onset heart artery changes is necessary.
- Some children with Kawasaki's disease suffer damage to the coronary arteries.
What is Kawasaki's disease, and how do doctors diagnose it?
Kawasaki's disease is an uncommon illness in children that is characterized by high fever of at least five days' duration together with at least four of the following five findings:
- Inflammation with reddening of the whites of the eyes (conjunctivitis) without pus
- Redness or swelling of the feet or hands, or generalized skin peeling
- Lymph node swelling in the neck
- Cracking, inflamed lips or throat, or red "strawberry" tongue
The above criteria are used to make a diagnosis of Kawasaki's disease. The terminology "incomplete Kawasaki's disease" is sometimes used for patients with only some features of classical Kawasaki's disease. Most patients are under 5 years of age with a peak incidence at 18 months of age.
What is mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome?
Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome is the original name for Kawasaki's disease. The original name was quite descriptive because the disease is characterized by the typical changes in the mucous membranes that line the lips and mouth and by the enlarged and tender lymph nodes. Kawasaki's disease is also sometimes referred to as Kawasaki disease.
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