What is Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki disease is a rare, but serious disease in which the blood vessels in the body become inflamed and can become very large. In very bad cases, these enlarged blood vessels (called coronary aneurysms) can prevent enough blood and oxygen from getting to the heart muscle. Kawasaki disease is not contagious (cannot be passed from one person to another). Early diagnosis and treatment is important to lower the chance of long-term damage.

What causes Kawasaki disease?

Doctors are not sure what causes Kawasaki disease. But they do know that Kawasaki disease is not anyone’s fault.

Rev. 5/2018