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Kawasaki Disease: From Children to Adults

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, Georgia

Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(4):563-564. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-92-4-563
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It is not uncommon for pediatricians to work closely with their internist colleagues in managing diseases characteristically of childhood that occur in adults. A recent example is atypical measles, first encountered as an untoward reaction in children exposed to wild measles virus who had previously received killed measles virus vaccine (1-3)—a problem increasingly being seen in adolescents and young adults (4-6). Kawasaki disease, or the mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, is the most recent example of an entity first described in children that is now being seen in adolescents and adults (7-9).

The major difficulty concerning Kawasaki disease for all of


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