Kawasaki Disease | Diagnosis & Tests


How does my doctor know my child has Kawasaki disease?

Your doctor has given your child an exam and asked about his or her symptoms. There isn't a special test for Kawasaki disease, but your doctor may do some tests to see if another illness could be causing the symptoms.

Children who have Kawasaki disease have a fever (sometimes as high as 104°F) for 5 days or longer. Usually, they also have at least 4 of the following symptoms:

  • A red, patchy rash that may cover the whole body
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Swollen and red hands and feet and, later in the illness, peeling skin on the fingers and toes
  • Changes in the lips and mouth, such as red, cracked lips, a very red tongue and redness in the mouth and the back of the throat
  • Red, bloodshot eyes

Some children who have Kawasaki disease also have diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Kawasaki disease might make your child very irritable and cross.


Kawasaki Disease by KA Taubert, ST Shulman (American Family Physician June 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990600ap/3093.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 06/99