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Kawasaki Disease in Infancy

Fuller, Martha Grant PhD, PPCNP-BC

Section Editor(s): Martinez, Nicole MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, PHN; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000253
DERMATOLOGY DILEMMAS
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Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute vasculitis that primarily affects young children and, if untreated, is associated with development of coronary artery aneurysms in approximately 25% of those affected. Infants, especially those younger than 6 months, often have atypical (incomplete) presentations of KD and are most at risk for development of aneurysms. Identification of KD requires a careful and thorough history and physical examination because multiple other conditions cause similar findings. Providers in acute care settings need to have a high degree of suspicion for KD so that those affected may receive appropriate and timely treatment.

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, California.

Corresponding Author: Martha Grant Fuller, PhD, PPCNP-BC, University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110 (mfuller@sandiego.edu).

Disclosure: The author reports no conflict of interest.

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