Heart & Circulation

Cochrane Vascular needs a Consumer Reviewer to comment on a review which investigates steroid treatment for children with Kawasaki Disease

Skills / interests: Consumer (public, patient, carer) input


Kawasaki disease is a condition that mainly affects children under the age of 5. It's also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.  A child with Kawasaki disease has a high temperature that lasts for 5 days or longer, and possibly 1 or more of the following symptoms: a rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry and red cracked lips, a swollen, bumpy, red tongue (“strawberry tongue”), red inside the mouth and at the back of the throat, swollen and red hands and feet, red eyes.  There is controversy on how best to treat children with KD and in particular who may benefit from additional treatment beyond the standard intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and aspirin.  We investigated how effective steroid treatment (corticosteroids) was for children with Kawasaki disease. This is important as one of the long-term consequences can involve the heart, putting the children with the disease at higher risk of life-shortening outcomes. If you have personal or carer experience of this condition your comments would be very useful. Systematic review methodology expertise is not needed. If you are interested, we will send you the review and a comments checklist.  This task will take between two to three hours.

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