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Revista chilena de infectología

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BUDNIK O, Isolda et al. Kawasaki disease: a clinical serie. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.5, pp.416-422. ISSN 0716-1018.

Introduction: Kawasaki disease (KD) is a serious disease in children due to its potential complications and sequelae if not promptly and adequately managed. Objectives: To describe clinical and epidemiological characteristics of children hospitalized due to KD at a tertiary care center and identify risk factors for poor outcome. Patients and Methods: Retrospective and descriptive study of 32 medical records of patients hospitalized with diagnosis of KD at a tertiary care center of Santiago, Chile between February 1999 and May 2007. Results: The annual frequency was of 5 cases, mainly boys and during spring. The median age at diagnosis was 1.5 years and 87.5% of the children were younger than 5 years. Typical presentation prevailed in all ages (68,7%). Coronary artery affection, including dilatation or aneurisms, occurred in 21.9% of the cases, with aneurysms in 3 cases. All patients were treated with aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG); 4 patients required a second dose. No deaths were reported. The identified risk factors for poor outcome were age older than 5 years and hypoalbumin-emia. Conclusions: KD is an infrequent disease that mainly occurs in children younger than 5 years and with a typical presentation. There are risk factors associated with poor outcome.

Palabras clave : Kawasaki disease; coronary artery; immunoglobulin.

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