Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of Kawasaki disease?

Updated: Jul 29, 2018
  • Author: Tina K Sosa, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Abdominal imaging may be indicated depending on the patient's clinic presentation. Liver and gallbladder ultrasonography may be necessary if liver or gallbladder dysfunction is suspected. Acute distention of the gallbladder (hydrops) is identified on abdominal ultrasonography in 15% of patients. Gallbladder hydrops usually resolves without surgical intervention.

Scrotal ultrasound may be indicated if concerning signs or symptoms are present. Although epididymitis is generally an inflammatory process that affects boys aged 9-14 years, it can be observed in younger boys with Henoch-Schönlein purpura and KD.

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