Children affected by Kawasaki Disease have excellent chances of a good recovery with timely diagnosis and the correct treatment. At Societi we recognise timely diagnosis, followed by correct treatment as a transformational opportunity to prevent what can be devastating effects from Kawasaki Disease. By raising awareness of Kawasaki Disease across policy makers and funders, the medical community and the general public, Societi aims to enable children to have access to timely diagnosis, correct treatment and appropriate long term support.
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What is Kawasaki Disease?
Identified in 1967 in Japan by Tomisaku Kawasaki, the cause of Kawasaki Disease is still unknown. The illness presents with several symptoms common to a variety of other childhood diseases and infections and is therefore often misdiagnosed. Kawasaki Disease is a vascular disease which if untreated can cause coronary artery damage.
Symptoms of this "Red" Disease
Kawasaki Disease is a vascular disease mainly affecting young children, which if untreated can cause coronary artery damage. If treated early however, the majority of children recover completely. Kawasaki Disease has a range of symptoms including a characteristic and distinctively persistent, high fever for five days or more, rash, bloodshot eyes, “strawberry” tongue, cracked, dry lips, redness of the fingers and toes (sometimes skin peeling after ten days or more) and swollen glands in the neck. Kawasaki Disease can be present with some (partial) or all (full) of these symptoms.
Professor R Tulloh, Professor of Congenital Cardiology, Bristol Children's Hospital and Societi Board Member
This animation from the Khan Academy contains useful information about the symptoms of Kawasaki Disease - to watch the animation click here.
About Kawasaki Disease
Kawasaki Disease presents with symptoms, many of which mirror those of other common childhood diseases. The symptoms of Kawasaski Disease can also appear in series (i.e. not all at once) over a few days.
The single defining characteristic of Kawasaki Disease is the distinctively persistent high fever, which is always present together with all or a combination of symptoms as shown here.
Because of the similarity of symptoms with other childhood illnesses and because Kawasaki Disease awareness is currently low, cases of Kawasaki Disease are often misdiagnosed. At Societi, we want to change that - and encourage medical practitioners to
THINK Kawasaki Disease!
...when children with these symptoms are seen. Timely diagnosis will demonstrably
change a child's chances of a full recovery.
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The UK Kawasaki Disease Foundation
Think Kawasaki Disease!
Kawasaki Disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the UK.
...it's time we changed that.
TOGETHER we will.