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There's no diagnostic test for Kawasaki disease but markers of inflammation in the blood are typically high and the liver may be affected.
Kawasaki disease may be confused with sepsis, toxic schock syndrome (streptococcal, staphylococcal), scarlet fever, enterovirus, adenovirus, measles, parvovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, mycoplasma, rickettsia, leptospira infections, drug allergy, Stevens-Johnson's syndrome and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (1,2).
Kawasaki disease is diagnosed in approximately 5,000 U.
Recent studies have detected HBoV-1 in serum samples of children with Kawasaki disease and of an immuno-compromised child with hepatitis (7,8).
The team members examined the genes of 640 Kawasaki disease sufferers and 1,000 people who do not have the disease and found a certain condition of the base sequence of a gene called ITPKC that they believe heightens the risk of contracting the disease by 90 percent.
20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A set of proteins detected in urine by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital may prove to be the first biomarkers for Kawasaki disease, an uncommon but increasingly prevalent disease which causes inflammation of blood vessels that can lead to enlarged coronary arteries and even heart attacks in some children.
Although there has been no effective therapy in patients with incomplete KD resistantto IVIG and aspirin, one of our authors previously reported the beneficial effect of low-dose oral methotrexate on 4 patients with Kawasaki disease (age 8 months-8 years) resistant to IVIG (6).
New York, January 3 (ANI): Doctors say that the childhood illness that Oscar-winning Hollywood star John Travolta's son Jett had been suffering from, scientifically called Kawasaki disease, could not be blamed for his death because it was unlikely to cause the boy's reported seizure.
He had no previous history of chest trauma, tuberculosis, Kawasaki disease, Chagas disease, or myocarditis.

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