Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence, disease presentation, treatment and cardiac outcome of Kawasaki disease (KD) in The Netherlands.
Methods: The national Dutch Pediatric Surveillance Unit was used to prospectively register new KD cases from 2008 through 2012. Questionnaires were sent to pediatricians to obtain clinical information.
Results: Nationwide 341 cases were reported during the 5-year study period, of which 319 questionnaires (93.0%) were returned. The mean incidence of KD was estimated to be 5.8/100,000 children <5 years of age. The median age at disease onset was 2.4 years (range 0.1–14.6 years) and 79.2% of cases were <5 years of age. The male-to-female ratio was 1.5 to 1. Incomplete KD was diagnosed in 22.3% of cases and these cases were significantly younger than complete cases [median: 1.1 (0.1–13.7) vs. 2.8 (0.2–14.6) years, P < 0.001]. In total, 308 patients (96.6%) received intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG). Retreatment with IVIG was given in 71 (23.1%) and additional steroid treatment in 17 patients (5.5%). During the acute phase, coronary artery aneurysms developed in 43 cases (13.5%). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that male gender, delay of treatment (>10 days) and IVIG retreatment were independent risk factors for coronary artery aneurysms development.
Conclusions: This prospective study of KD in The Netherlands revealed a mean annual incidence of 5.8/100,000 children <5 years of age. Clinicians should consider the diagnosis of KD in young (male) children with persistent inexplicable fever to start IVIG treatment within 10 days to prevent development of coronary artery aneurysms.