Periungual desquamation is one of the clinical signs included in the Kawasaki disease (KD) case definition that manifests after the acute febrile phase of the illness. This clinical sign is sometimes used to diagnose cases that were initially missed. We conducted a retrospective review to determine the frequency with which periungual desquamation is associated with KD.
From the *Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, La Jolla, CA; and †Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
Accepted for publication November 7, 2008.
Supported in part by a Mentoring Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute, K-24-HL074864 (to J.C.B.).
Address for correspondence: Jane C. Burns, MD, Department of Pediatrics, UCSD School of Medicine, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0641. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.