Heart and Blood Conditions

Kawasaki Disease Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of Kawasaki Disease

Children with Kawasaki disease will usually have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever higher than 101.5 degrees that lasts for at least 4 or 5 days
  • Red, patchy skin rash on the trunk and around the groin or diaper area
  • Swelling and redness in the hands and feet, with peeling skin later on
  • Red eyes, similar to pinkeye (conjunctivitis)
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits
  • Red, swollen, cracked lips, mouth, throat and tongue (sometimes called strawberry tongue)
  • Blood tests that show swelling (inflammation)

Some children also get swollen joints, pain, stomachache, diarrhea and vomiting.

It’s common for children to be fussy because of their symptoms.

Kawasaki Disease Diagnosis

To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child and check their temperature. The doctor will ask for details about any symptoms your child has, their health history and your family health history.

There is no specific test for Kawasaki disease. Laboratory studies, such as the C-reactive protein and a complete blood count, help to support the diagnosis.

To rule out other illnesses and to check your child’s heart, your doctor might do tests like blood tests, electrocardiogram, echocardiography and chest X-rays.

Contact Us

Contact the Kawasaki Disease Clinic at 206-987-2015 for a referral, a second opinion or more information.