Journal article

The epidemiology of Kawasaki disease: a global update

Surjit Singh, Pandiarajan Vignesh, David Burgner

Archives of Disease in Childhood | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2015

Abstract

Kawasaki disease (KD) is a childhood vasculitis and the most frequent cause of paediatric acquired heart disease in North America, Europe and Japan. It is increasingly recognised in rapidly industrialising countries such as China and India where it may replace rheumatic heart disease as the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children. We review the current global epidemiology of KD and discuss some public health implications.