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Kawasaki Disease – FAQs

“Actress Kelly Preston has said her 16-year old son with husband John Travolta became very sick when he was 2 and was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, an illness that affects the blood vessels in young children.”

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What is Kawasaki Disease?
Kawasaki Disease is an uncommon disease that affect children aged 5-year and below. Sometimes it does affect older children too. Kawasaki Disease causes inflammation to the blood vessels that supply heart with blood.

What are the symptoms?

  • White part of the eye is red
  • redder lips, mouth and tongue
  • red hands & feets
  • rash
  • swollen gland in the neck

What causes Kawasaki Disease?
Currently there is no known cause and why some children may get the disease.

What happens inside the child’s body?
Kawasaki Disease causes swelling to the coronary arteries, the vital blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. That’s how the heart works.

How Kawasaki Disease affects the heart?
While the heart supply blood and oxygen to the whole body, it itself needs bloody and oxygen to function well. If left untreated, Kawasai Disease may cause damage to the heart as the child grows up into adulthood.

Any treatment to Kawasaki Disease?
There is no single medicine that can cure the disease. However, a few medicines are used to reduce the effect, such as aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG).

How do we spot affected arteries?
An echocardiogram is run on the child with Kawasaki Disease. The ultrasound of the heart allows us to see if there’s any wrong with the coronary arteries.

With whom do we consult?
Usually you can consult with a pediatrician, an emergency doctor or your family doctor.

What happen after treatment?
Children with Kawasaki Disease will continue to be monitored for another 6 months to one year. Echocardiogram is tested on the children. Aspirin is to be taken if neccessary.

Will my child develop heart disease in the future?
At the present we are not certain, but we do recommend that children with Kawasaki Disease to live a healthy lifestyle, taking a well-balanced diet, active in sports. Don’t pick up smoking or excessive drinking habits.

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