Recurrent fever, often 37.8 degrees C or higher, is characteristic of the acute phase of the disease. In untreated kids, the fever lasts about 10 days, but can range from 5-25 days
Rarest but most serious effect is on the heart, where it can cause fatal coronary artery aneurysms in untreated kids
What happens in this disease where the body attacks itself, causing inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body?
Redness is the biggy, so redness of the skin, white of the eyes, and inside the mouth. A fever that keeps coming back. Enlarged lymph nodes on the sides of the neck. Swelling of the hands and feet.
Pre-existing viral infection may be involved in its pathogenesis
Affects many organ systems, including blood vessels, skin, mucous membranes, and lymph nodes
Without Tx, mortality may approach 1%, uusally within 6 weks of onset