Rheumatology | Kawasaki Disease

Role of intravenous immunoglobulin in the treatment of Kawasaki disease

Authors: Lo MS, Newburger JW

Summary: IVIG is a treatment used for Kawasaki Disease. Dr. Lo worked with Dr. Newburger of cardiology to summarize the potential ways IVIG works to treat Kawasaki Disease.

Publication Information: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, January 2018

Kawasaki Disease at 50 Years

Authors: Cohen E, Sundel R

Summary: Drs. Cohen and Sundel authored an extensive review of the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of Kawasaki Disease.

Publication Information: JAMA Pediatrics, November 2017

Predicting Coronary Artery Aneurysms in Kawasaki Disease at a North American Center: An Assessment of Baseline z Scores

Authors: Son MB, F, Gauvreau K, Kim S, Tang A, Dedeoglu F, Fulton DR, Lo MS, Baker AL, Sundel RP, Newburger JW

Summary: Dr. Son collaborated with other rheumatologists (Drs. Dedeoglu, Lo, and Sundel) and cardiologists (Drs. Newburger and Fulton) at Boston Children’s Hospital to better understand Kawasaki Disease, a type of vasculitis that can affect the blood vessels around the heart. The investigators found that an echocardiogram performed at the beginning of the disease can be used to predict which patients are at greatest risk of developing cardiac complications from Kawasaki Disease.

Publication Information: Journal of the American Heart Association, May 2017

Evidence-based decision support for pediatric rheumatology reduces diagnostic errors

Authors: Segal MM, Athreya B, Son MB, Tirosh I, Hausmann JS, Ang EY, Zurakowski D, Feldman LK, Sundel RP

Summary: Dr. Sundel and several other pediatric rheumatologists evaluated the diagnostic decision support software called SimulConsult®. The authors showed that physicians who used decisions support from the computer program made less diagnostic errors. The goal is to make this software available to other physicians who may need to treat children with rheumatologic conditions, especially in areas that lack a pediatric rheumatologist.

Publication Information: Pediatric Rheumatology, December 2016