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Update on Kawasaki disease: Epidemiology, aetiology and pathogenesis
Article first published online: 7 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2013 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 49, Issue 9, pages 704–708, September 2013
How to Cite
Yim, D., Curtis, N., Cheung, M. and Burgner, D. (2013), Update on Kawasaki disease: Epidemiology, aetiology and pathogenesis. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49: 704–708. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12172
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 7 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 JUN 2012
- Kawasaki disease;
Kawasaki disease is an acute systemic vasculitis predominantly affecting young children. It is due to an abnormal host response to as yet unidentified infectious trigger(s). Kawasaki disease may cause coronary artery damage, long-term cardiovascular morbidity and occasionally mortality, especially if the diagnosis is missed or timely treatment is not given. This is the first of two updates on Kawasaki disease. Here we review recent advances in epidemiology, possible aetiologies, host susceptibility and pathogenesis of this fascinating condition.