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Clinical assessment of coronary arteries in Kawasaki disease: Focus on echocardiographic assessment

Carolyn A. Altman1,2
1 Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA
2 Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
* Corresponding Author: Carolyn A. Altman, MD, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, 6621 Fannin Street, WT 19345-C, Houston, TX 77030. Email:

Congenital Heart Disease 2017, 12(5), 636-640. https://doi.org/10.1111/chd.12496

Abstract

Echocardiography is an excellent noninvasive imaging modality for evaluation and follow-up of cardiac lesions, especially coronary artery changes occurring as a result of Kawasaki disease. The information obtained has prognostic implications and can be complemented with other modes of imaging for risk stratification and optimization of both medical and interventional therapy. The aim of this article is to describe the time line of echocardiographic follow-up of patients affected with Kawasaki disease. The classification of coronary artery changes and transthoracic echocardiographic views recommended for detailed evaluation of the coronary arteries are delineated in detail in this report.

Keywords

coronary artery aneurysm, echocardiography, Kawasaki disease, sudden cardiac death

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Altman, C. A. (2017). Clinical assessment of coronary arteries in Kawasaki disease: Focus on echocardiographic assessment. Congenital Heart Disease, 12(5), 636–640.



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