Primary Treatment of Kawasaki Disease with Corticosteroids
Dr. Devendra Mishra,
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Maulana Azad Medical College, 2, BSZ Marg, Delhi-110002, India.
Phone: 91-11-22792421, 91-11-9868604316, FAX: 91-11-23234845. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kawasaki disease (KD), is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the developed world. The use of aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin as the initial therapy in KD is the standard of care, as they reduce the incidence of coronary artery aneurysms, the major cardiac morbidity from this disease. The place of corticosteroids in the initial therapy is: however, controversial. We describe the course of a one-year-old child with Kawasaki disease who was treated with aspirin and corticosteroids as the initial therapy, and discuss pertinent issues.