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J Heart Valve Dis. 1996 Mar;5(2):231-4.

Aortic valve replacement for aortic regurgitation due to Kawasaki disease. Report of two cases.

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Second Department of Surgery, Kurume University School of Medicine, Japan.

Abstract

Two cases of severe aortic regurgitation due to Kawasaki disease are reported. Both patients were diagnosed as having Kawasaki disease in their infancy, and were followed up by a pediatrician. Aortic regurgitation was detected 18 months in one case and 36 days in the other case after onset of the illness. With the passage of time, the aortic regurgitation increased and aortic valve replacement was scheduled in both patient at the age of 13. On admission, two-dimensional echocardiography showed thickening of the aortic cusps, and severe aortic regurgitation was detected by color flow Doppler studies. Successful aortic valve replacement was performed, and histological studies of the cusps showed sequelae of valvulitis. In conclusion, aortic regurgitation is a rare complication of Kawasaki disease, and the aortic valve function, especially occurrence of aortic regurgitation, should be carefully observed in patients with a past history of Kawasaki disease.

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