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Vol 13, No 7 (2006): Folia Cardiologica
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Submitted: 2013-01-14
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Changes in the coronary arteries during early and long-term follow-up of Kawasaki syndrome: a single centre experience

Anna Obersztyn, Anna Baranowska, Jarosław Rycaj, Ireneusz Haponiuk, Beata Banaszak, Katarzyna Kacyba-Mateja, Małgorzata Szkutnik
Folia Cardiol 2006;13(7):584-589.

open access

Vol 13, No 7 (2006): Folia Cardiologica
Original articles
Published online: 2006-09-15
Submitted: 2013-01-14

Abstract

Background: Kawasaki syndrome is a disease of unknown etiology manifested by fever and the so-called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. In some cases aneurysms of the coronary arteries may develop, which may result in myocardial infarction.
Methods: Four children treated for Kawasaki disease were followed up. Echocardiography was performed in the early period of the disease and during the follow-up.
Results: Changes in the coronary arteries were diagnosed in 3 patients in early period of the disease with one coronary aneurysm persisting in 1 patient over the entire follow-up.
Conclusions: Transthoracic echocardiography is usually sufficient to diagnose and monitor coronary artery changes in the course of Kawasaki disease. Despite late initiation of treatment in Kawasaki disease regression of changes in the coronaries is possible.

Abstract

Background: Kawasaki syndrome is a disease of unknown etiology manifested by fever and the so-called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. In some cases aneurysms of the coronary arteries may develop, which may result in myocardial infarction.
Methods: Four children treated for Kawasaki disease were followed up. Echocardiography was performed in the early period of the disease and during the follow-up.
Results: Changes in the coronary arteries were diagnosed in 3 patients in early period of the disease with one coronary aneurysm persisting in 1 patient over the entire follow-up.
Conclusions: Transthoracic echocardiography is usually sufficient to diagnose and monitor coronary artery changes in the course of Kawasaki disease. Despite late initiation of treatment in Kawasaki disease regression of changes in the coronaries is possible.
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Keywords

Kawasaki disease; coronary artery aneurysms; ultrasound

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Title

Changes in the coronary arteries during early and long-term follow-up of Kawasaki syndrome: a single centre experience

Journal

Cardiology Journal

Issue

Vol 13, No 7 (2006): Folia Cardiologica

Pages

584-589

Published online

2006-09-15

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiol 2006;13(7):584-589.

Keywords

Kawasaki disease
coronary artery aneurysms
ultrasound

Authors

Anna Obersztyn
Anna Baranowska
Jarosław Rycaj
Ireneusz Haponiuk
Beata Banaszak
Katarzyna Kacyba-Mateja
Małgorzata Szkutnik

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