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What is Kawasaki Disease?

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Uploaded on Mar 30, 2011

Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist Laurence B. Givner, MD, of Brenner Children's Hospital explains what Kawasaki Disease is and how it was first identified.


If you're concerned your child may have Kawasaki Disease based on the signs and symptoms, you should talk to your child's pediatrician.


Infectious Diseases at Brenner Children's Hospital: https://www.brennerchildrens.org/Pedi...

TRANSCRIPT: Kawasaki disease is spelled and pronounced just like the motorcycle. It was first discovered in the 1960s by a pediatrician on Tokyo named Dr. Kawasaki. So that's where it gets its name. Kawasaki disease is a disease whose cause we don't know yet. We think it's probably caused by an infection but we don't know that for sure.
It's usually cared for by, along with the primary care physician, Infectious Diseases physicians in Pediatrics because again, it looks like an infectious disease and we want to be sure before we treat for Kawasaki, that it's not some other infection and should be treated differently.
It’s also often cared for by pediatric heart specialists- Pediatric Cardiologists- because we have to get an ultrasound or echocardiogram of the heart. Sometimes also Pediatric Rheumatologists are involved. So it can be a multidisciplinary pediatric multispecialty team that is involved taking care of these children.

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