Kawasaki Disease: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Medically Reviewed on 6/9/2017

High fever is a prominent symptom in children with Kawasaki disease. The fever is persistent and lasts for at least five days. Nonspecific symptoms can precede or accompany the fever, including

Other signs and symptoms can include

  • redness of the eyes,
  • gum ulcers,
  • cracked lips,
  • reddening of the lining of the mouth,
  • inflamed ("strawberry") tongue, and
  • rash over the hands and feet.

There can be swelling around the areas of the rash. Enlargement of the lymph nodes of the neck can be present.

Cause of Kawasaki disease

The cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown.


Scheinfeld, Noah S. "Kawasaki Disease." Medscape.com. Oct. 25, 2016. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/965367-overview>.

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