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Kawasaki Syndrome


An acute, febrile, mucocutaneous condition accompanied by swelling of cervical lymph nodes in infants and young children. The principal symptoms are fever of unknown origin persisting 5 days or more, changes in peripheral extremities (erythema and oedema of the palms and soles, polymorphous erythema and acute non-purulent cervical adenopathy. Congestion of the ocular conjunctivae, reddening of the lips and oral cavity and protuberance of tongue papillae are also frequent symptoms. Complications may arise because of cardiovascular lesions which may cause sudden death or develop into coronary artery disease.




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