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Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome Overview

Another name for Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome is Kawasaki Disease.

What is Kawasaki disease?
A child with Kawasaki disease has a rare illness that causes inflammation of the blood vessels. Symptoms include a fever, rash, swollen glands, and a red (strawberry) tongue. Kawasaki disease can cause damage to the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. Although Kawasaki's disease can be life threatening, about 97 percent of children recover completely.

What are the symptoms of Kawasaki disease?
The most common symptom of Kawasaki disease is a high fever, usually between 103 to 105 degrees F (39.4 to 40.5 C). Additional symptoms of Kawasaki disease include a red rash, eye redness, eye tearing, and swelling or redness of the mouth and tongue. Less common symptoms of Kawasaki disease include limb swelling, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, joint pains, and skin peeling on the fingertips.

How does the doctor treat Kawasaki disease?
Treatment for Kawasaki disease includes intravenous immune globulin, aspirin, and dipyridamole.

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Last Updated: Jul 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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