Kawasaki Disease - FAQs

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Apr 19, 2013
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Kawasaki Disease - FAQs

1. What is Kawasaki's disease?

Kawasaki Disease is an inflammatory disease of medium and large arteries that leads to fibrosis and stenosis of the arteries. There is no clear known cause, but it is a type of inflammatory response occurring mainly in children.

2. Which doctor should I see if Kawasaki's disease is suspected for diagnosis?

A Paediatrician or a doctor for Infectious disease should be consulted.

3. Is it known by any other names?

It is also called as Kawasaki's Syndrome, or mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

4. What causes Kawasaki disease?

It is not clear what causes Kawasaki disease. Scientists believe a virus or bacteria may be responsible.

5. Is it contagious?

Kawasaki disease does not appear to be contagious, nor does it appear to be hereditary.

6. Can it be prevented?

Currently there is no known ways of prevention, primarily as cause is yet to be known.

7. Will my child recover fully after the illness?

Yes, more than 80% of the children recover fully. Very few them might suffer from heart conditions, which might note be evident immediately.

8. Is it common in India?

Incidence of this disease in India is extremely low as there are very meager case reports. Complications due to this disease in Indian patients are still rare.

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