Definition of Kawasaki disease in English:

Kawasaki disease


  • [mass noun] A disease in young children with an unknown cause, giving rise to a rash, glandular swelling, and sometimes damage to the heart.

    • ‘Inflammatory presentations may be the result of allergy, reflux disease or, rarely, neoplasm or Kawasaki disease.’
    • ‘The cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown, and consequently there is no diagnostic test.’
    • ‘Without treatment, about 1 in 100 children with Kawasaki disease die of heart problems.’
    • ‘The authors conclude that acute adenoviral infection and Kawasaki disease share many clinical manifestations, making the diagnosis difficult.’
    • ‘Call your doctor if your child has any of the symptoms of Kawasaki disease.’


1960s: named after Tomisaku Kawasaki, Japanese physician.


Kawasaki disease