Does Kawasaki Disease affect children differently than adults?

Iris Rodriguez-Johnson, MD

Kawasaki Disease only affects children, usually infants to 5 years of age; male greater than female. Kawasaki Disease is an important illness because approximately 20% of untreated children will develop coronary artery abnormalities. It is a febrile, exanthematous, multisystem vasulitis.

Kawasaki disease is a rare disease that occurs only in children, principally those younger than five years. Boys acquire the disease about twice as much as girls, and it is more prevalent in children of Asian and Pacific Island heritage. Kawasaki disease is an inflammation of the body's blood vessels, including the veins, capillaries, and arteries. It can cause children serious complications if not treated early.

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