Massive lymphadenopathy and airway obstruction in a child with Kawasaki disease: Success with pulse steroid therapy

Avinash K. Shetty, Omar Homsi, Kenneth Ward, Abraham Gedalia

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Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute, febrile, self-limited, multisystem vasculitis that almost exclusively affects young children. We describe a 4- year-old girl with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) resistant KD who developed massive cervical lymphadenopathy and severe respiratory distress. Treatment with intravenous pulse methylprednisolone led to dramatic resolution of her symptoms. We conclude that pulse steroid therapy should be considered in patients with KD complicated by massive lymphadenopathy with life threatening airway obstruction and/or IVIG resistant disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1215-1217
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-1998
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology

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