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What is Kawasaki's disease, and how do doctors diagnose it?
Kawasaki's disease is an uncommon illness in children that is characterized by high fever of at least five days' duration together with at least four of the following five findings:
Inflammation with reddening of the whites of the eyes (conjunctivitis) without pus
Redness or swelling of the feet or hands, or generalized skin peeling
Lymph node swelling in the neck
Cracking, inflamed lips or throat, or red "strawberry" tongue
The above criteria are used to make a diagnosis of Kawasaki's disease. The terminology "incomplete Kawasaki's disease" is sometimes used for patients with only some features of classical Kawasaki's disease. Most patients are under 5 years of age with a peak incidence at 18 months of age.