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One challenge in diagnosing Kawasaki disease is distinguishing it from other childhood diseases that have similar symptoms, such as some viral infections, including measles, adenovirus, enterovirus and Epstein-Barr virus—as well as illnesses caused by bacterial toxins, such as scarlet fever, toxic shock syndrome or bacterial infection of the lymph nodes in the neck.
A prolonged high fever (at least four days), along with several other symptoms, must be present for your child’s doctor/NP/PA to consider Kawasaki disease as the cause of his illness — and other illnesses need to be ruled out. To arrive at a diagnosis, your child’s doctor will start by taking a full medical history and conducting a thorough physical exam. Diagnostic tests may include:
Observations and lab results that can support a diagnosis of Kawasaki disease include:
It is possible to have Kawasaki disease without showing all of these signs. Such cases are called “incomplete” (or atypical) Kawasaki disease. Infants younger than 6 months are most likely to have incomplete Kawasaki disease, and infants have the highest risk for developing coronary artery injury.
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