Heart and Blood Conditions

Kawasaki Disease Symptoms and Diagnosis

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    • For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, call 206-987-2515.
    • For appointments in Tacoma and Silverdale, call 253-272-1812.
    • For appointments in Alaska, call 907-339-1945.

    If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

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    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
    • Everett: 425-304-6080
    • South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
    • Olympia: 360-459-5009
    • South Sound Cardiology Clinics: 253-272-1812
    • Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
    • Wenatchee: 509-662-9266
    • Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska: 907-339-1945
    • Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.

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    • If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • Your patient will be seen as quickly as possible by the provider who is the best match for managing the current problem.
    • View our complete Heart Center Referral Information (PDF).

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.