Kawasaki Disease - Glossary

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 - Glossary

Artery: A large blood vessel that carries blood high in oxygen content away from the heart to other parts of the body. Arteries are thicker and have walls that are stronger and more elastic than the walls of veins.

Benign: Not cancerous; cannot invade neighbouring tissues or spread to other parts of the body.

Lymph node: Round, oval or bean-shaped aggregation of infection- and cancer-fighting immune cells located along the lymph channels throughout the body

Mucus: A thick, slippery fluid produced by the membranes that line certain organs of the body, including the nose, mouth, throat, and vagina.

Coronary arteries: Arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle itself.

Aneurysm: Localised ballooning of the aorta or an artery, potentially causing pressure on adjacent structures and liability to rupture.

Arrhythmias: Abnormal rate or rhythm of the heartbeat.

Immunoglobulin: A protein that acts as an antibody.

Gamma globulin: A protein found in the blood that helps fight infection

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