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January 1979

Kawasaki's Disease Appearing as Erythema Multiforme

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics (Drs Bitter, Friedman, and Paltzik), Nassau Hospital, Mineola, NY; the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (Dr Paltzik); and State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine (Dr Mofenson).

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(1):71-72. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010010043012

In 1967, Kawasaki reported an acute, febrile, mucocutaneous condition accompanied by swelling of cervical lymph nodes that affected infants and young children in Japan. He called it mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. We report here a case of Kawasaki's disease with characteristic findings that demonstrated a typical erythema multiforme rash. With the increased number of reported cases of Kawasaki's disease in the United States, it becomes increasingly important to differentiate the exanthem of Kawasaki's disease from early erythema multiforme.

(Arch Dermatol 115:71-72, 1979)

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