Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki is honored for his incredible effort for describing the syndrome in 1967. He named the disease after his surname.
Kawasaki syndrome is also termed as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome or MLNS.Kawasaki disease is found in infants, which causes inflammation and affects various useful body organs like skin, circulatory and immune systems, and mucous membranes. The major effect of the disease occurs when it attacks heart of the infant. More than 80 percent of examined children are below 5 years.
A certain cause gives rise to controversy.
Dr. Kawasaki in 1960, observed this "change" in Japanese schoolchildren for the first time. Further, the symptoms were exhibited worldwide.
Very few adult patients have been found to be affected with this disease. Irrespective of gender, the disease is most prone in Asian children having neither too white nor too dark color. However, the U.S. has witnessed 3,000 cases of Kawasaki syndrome.
Until 2004, the cause of this syndrome was not known. After that, different schools of thoughts attribute the disease to infection, allergy and T-cell.
Fever up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit is a major symptom. In addition, the child gets a rash all over the chest and genital area, joint pain, pneumonia, jaundice and diarrhea. These are the major symptoms of the disease.
A combination of aspirin is helpful in treating the patients. This prevents inflammation and high fever. Immune globulin is injected intravenously into the body to reduce complications in heart and coronary arteries.
Regular radiology is needed to investigate the effect of the disease on different parts of the body.
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