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Paucis Verbis: Kawasaki Disease

Posted Mar 23 2012 6:00am

Kawasaki Disease can be easy to diagnose when you have the pediatric patient, who presents with all 5 of the classic clinical findings. What happens when you have the prerequisite fever for ≥5 days, but only 2-3 clinical criteria?
  • What ARE the 5 classic findings? 
  • When do you do waitful watching?
  • When do you perform an echo? 
  • When do you treat empirically? 
Check out the nice flowchart below which addresses these questions. They summarize the most recent (2004) American Heart Association's consensus group's recommendations.
You can download this PV card: [ MS Word ] [ PDF ]See  other Paucis Verbis cards .
Reference
Newburger JW, Takahashi M, Gerber MA, Gewitz MH, Tani LY, Burns JC, Shulman ST, Bolger AF, Ferrieri P, Baltimore RS, Wilson WR, Baddour LM, Levison ME, Pallasch TJ, Falace DA, Taubert KA; Committee on Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis and Kawasaki Disease; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; American Heart Association; American Academy of Pediatrics. Diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of Kawasaki disease: a statement for health professionals from the Committee on Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis and Kawasaki Disease, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, American Heart Association. Circulation. 2004 Oct 26;110(17):2747-71. .

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