NIHR Signal Corticosteroids given early reduce risk of heart problems in children with Kawasaki disease

Chen, S.,Dong, Y.,Kiuchi, M. G.,Wang, J.,Li, R.,Ling, Z.,Zhou, T.,Wang, Z.,Martinek, M.,Purerfellner, H.,Liu, S.,Krucoff, M. W.

February 2017

Early treatment with corticosteroids on top of standard therapy reduces the risk of serious heart problems in children under five with Kawasaki disease.

This summary of the evidence found that adding corticosteroids early to standard treatment within five days of onset of symptoms reduced the risk of serious abnormalities in the heart arteries by more than two thirds.

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