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High Risk of Coronary Artery Aneurysms in Infants Younger than 6 Months of Age with Kawasaki Disease.

  • Author(s): Salgado, Andrea P
  • Ashouri, Negar
  • Berry, Erika K
  • Sun, Xiaoying
  • Jain, Sonia
  • Burns, Jane C
  • Tremoulet, Adriana H
  • et al.

OBJECTIVES:To characterize the clinical presentation and outcome in infants <6 months of age with Kawasaki disease (KD) and to describe the use of newer anti-inflammatory therapies in this young population. STUDY DESIGN:We evaluated 88 infants?<6 months old and 632??6 months old treated for KD. We compared differences in laboratory data, response to treatment, and coronary artery outcomes between the 2 cohorts. Fisher exact test was used to analyze categorical variables, whereas the Wilcoxon rank sum test was used for continuous variables. RESULTS:The majority of children in both cohorts were diagnosed and treated within the first 10 days of illness (median illness day 6 in both cohorts). For patients treated within the first 10 days after fever onset, a larger proportion of infants <6 months old had a dilated or aneurysmal coronary artery on the initial echocardiogram compared with those ?6 months old (43.4% vs 19.5%). Furthermore, 18.6% of infants?<6 months old who had a normal echocardiogram at diagnosis, developed a dilated or aneurysmal coronary artery on a subsequent echocardiogram within 8 weeks of diagnosis. Twenty-eight infants?<6 months old received a single dose of infliximab without any untoward effects. CONCLUSIONS:Despite treatment in the first 10 days, infants?<6 months old with acute KD are more likely to develop coronary artery abnormalities. Thus, the development of adjunctive therapies to reduce coronary artery damage should target this population.

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