Do You Know About Kawasaki Disease?


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How many unknown and file drawer illnesses and diseases are in our world? I sure would love to know! I'm also curious to know how many of you are familiar with the Kawasaki disease. For those of you unfamiliar with the disease, according to the Mayo Clinic Kawasaki is "a condition that causes inflammation in the walls of small- and medium-sized arteries throughout the body, including the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. Kawasaki disease is also called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome because it also affects lymph nodes, skin, and the mucous membranes inside the mouth, nose and throat." Kawasaki is usually most prominent in young children under the age of 5. The disease is most common among children of Japanese and Korean descent. No one knows the real cause of Kawasaki it's suspected that it comes from viruses or other environmental factors and certain genes may even make you more suitable for Kawasaki. Some symptoms are fevers over 101 degrees, cracked lips and extremely red eyes, abdominal pain and joint pain. Thankfully the disease is treatable and most children recover from it without serious problems. For those of you planning on having children one day, pay close attention to the symptoms of Kawasaki and take your child to the doctors if you suspect anything before it grows into a bigger problem.


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What do you mean by file drawer illnesses? I thought file drawer pertained solely to publication bias on findings and such, not unknown illnesses. But whats my ethos? Also what is the death rate of Kawasaki? Information about the vaccine? How long does Kawasaki generally last?
Luckily Mayo clinic exists and here is your answers:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kawasaki-disease/DS00576

Also just a final comment…
If the kid in the picture also had whooping cough, I'd question whether he had just ripped a bong.

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