Why is the prompt diagnosis of Kawasaki disease essential to a good outcome?

Updated: Jul 29, 2018
  • Author: Tina K Sosa, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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If KD is suspected but the diagnosis cannot be confirmed, the patient should be referred in a timely manner to a center that has experience with this illness. It is important to diagnose KD promptly, because a delay can result in CAAs or other serious cardiac complications. Patients who are not treated with IVIG by day 10 illness are at an increased risk of cardiac sequelae and sudden death.


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