Stanford T. Shulman, MD; Anne H. Rowley, MD
To the Editor: The otherwise excellent review article by Berkman and colleagues (1) on the uses of intravenous gammaglobulin contains an astonishing misstatement regarding Kawasaki disease that is attributed to us. The authors state, "Some data suggest that Kawasaki disease is caused by a retrovirus that may be associated with ticks." The authors have apparently confused two distinct hypotheses regarding the cause of this most interesting disorder: the retroviral hypothesis (2) and the carpet shampoo-house dust mite hypothesis (3). Not even preliminary data have supported the possibility of a tick-borne agent. More recent studies have failed to confirm a retroviral
Shulman ST, Rowley AH. Correction: The Cause of Kawasaki Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;112:967. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-12-967_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(12):967.
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