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Kawasaki like illness due to COVID-19: a review of the literature. J Infect Dev Ctries 2021 05 31;15(5):630-638



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2-s2.0-85107911615   1 Citation


INTRODUCTION: Viral infections have been described as triggers for Kawasaki Disease (KD), a medium vessel vasculitis that affects young children. Akin to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, there is a similar rise in the incidence of KD in children affected with Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) has been reported to induce an exaggerated systemic inflammatory response resulting in multi-organ involvement, particularly initiated with pulmonary parenchymal damage. This review article will discuss KD-like manifestations in COVID-19 patients in the pediatric cohort.

METHODOLOGY: Search terms "Kawasaki" "COVID-19" "SARS-COV-2" "PIM-TS" and "MIS-C" were used to look for relevant articles in PubMed and Google Scholar published in the last 5 years.

RESULTS: There is some evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 stimulates dysfunctional and hyperactive immune reactions mimicking KD in young patients.

CONCLUSIONS: Therapeutic options, both investigational and repurposed, include intravenous immunoglobulins, steroids and anticoagulation. More studies are required to evaluate the effectiveness of these treatment options.

Author List

Fang Y, Aravamudan VM, Sridharan GK, Mehta KK, Sekhar R, Senguttuvan NB, Venkatachalam I, Abid MB


Muhammad Bilal Abid MD Assistant Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Immunoglobulins, Intravenous
Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome