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Indian J Pediatr. 2009 Jan;76(1):71-6. doi: 10.1007/s12098-009-0031-3. Epub 2009 Apr 18.

Kawasaki Disease update.

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  • Department of Pediatrics, UCSD School of Medicine, Rady Children's Hospital, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA. jcburns@ucsd.edu


Kawasaki Disease is rapidly becoming the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in both the developed and developing world. Its etiology remains a mystery but important progress has been made in characterizing the features of the arterial wall and myocardial pathology and long-term clinical consequences. New treatments aimed at modifying the host immune response are currently under study. The genetic influence on susceptibility and disease outcome is an area of active research.

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