January 1981

Kawasaki's Disease

Author Affiliations

Section of Pediatric Rheumatology College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University New York, NY 10032

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(1):82. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130250068024

Sir.—Yanagihara and Todd in their invited review of Kawasaki's disease (Journal 1980;134:606-614) failed to refer to prior reports by myself and my colleagues on the occurrence of Kawasaki's disease in epidemic form in the United States, the efficacy of both aspirin and corticosteroids in controlling symptoms when administered in adequate doses, and the malabsorption of aspirin in some children with Kawasaki's disease.1,2 Subsequent experience with more than 60 cases of Kawasaki's disease in our registry, and many more reported to us via telephone consultation by many physicians from many areas of the United States, confirms our original observations. While Yanagihara and Todd do not refer directly to our data, our 23 cases reported between April 1977 and February 1978, plus 23 more cases studied in the metropolitan New York City area during that period as part of a joint epidemiologic study with the Center for Disease Control

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