Kawasaki disease

Ka·​wa·​sa·​ki disease | \ ˌkä-wə-ˈsä-kē- How to pronounce Kawasaki disease (audio) \

Definition of Kawasaki disease

: an acute illness of unknown cause that chiefly affects infants and children and is characterized especially by fever, rash, conjunctivitis, inflammation of lips and tongue, and swollen lymph nodes of the neck

called also Kawasaki syndrome

First Known Use of Kawasaki disease

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kawasaki disease

Tomisaku Kawasaki born 1925 Japanese pediatrician

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“Kawasaki disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kawasaki%20disease. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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Kawasaki disease

Ka·​wa·​sa·​ki disease | \ ˌkä-wə-ˈsä-kē- How to pronounce Kawasaki disease (audio) \
variants: or Kawasaki syndrome also Kawasaki's disease \ -​kēz-​ How to pronounce Kawasaki's disease (audio) \ or Kawasaki's syndrome

Medical Definition of Kawasaki disease

: an acute febrile disease of unknown cause affecting especially infants and children that is characterized by a reddish macular rash especially on the trunk, conjunctivitis, inflammation of mucous membranes (as of the tongue), erythema of the palms and soles followed by desquamation, edema of the hands and feet, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck Kawasaki disease affects children of all ethnic backgrounds throughout the world, although susceptibility is shaped by genetic influences. Japanese children have the highest incidence of the disease, with an attack rate that has reached 175 per 100,000 children younger than 5 years … — Jane C. Burns, The New England Journal of Medicine,, 15 Feb. 2007

called also mucocutaneous lymph node disease, mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome

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