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Korean J Pediatr. 2012 Mar;55(3):83-7. doi: 10.3345/kjp.2012.55.3.83. Epub 2012 Mar 16.

Diagnosis of incomplete Kawasaki disease.

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Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea.


Several authors suggested that the clinical characteristics of incomplete presentation of Kawasaki disease are similar to those of complete presentation and that the 2 forms of presentation are not separate entities. Based on this suggestion, a diagnosis of incomplete Kawasaki disease in analogy to the findings of complete presentation is reasonable. Currently, the diagnosis of incomplete Kawasaki disease might be made in cases with fewer classical diagnostic criteria and with several compatible clinical, laboratory or echocardiographic findings on the exclusion of other febrile illness. Definition of incomplete presentation in which coronary artery abnormalities are included as a necessary condition, is restrictive and specific. The validity of the diagnostic criteria of incomplete presentation by the American Heart Association should be thoroughly tested in the immediate future.


Diagnosis; Kawasaki disease; Kawasaki syndrome; Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome

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