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If the doctor thinks that your child has Kawasaki disease, he or she will likely recommend echocardiography, or echo. This ________ test uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart and coronary arteries.
Echo also can help show the disease's effects over time, if any, on your child's coronary arteries. Often, the disease's effects on the ________arteries don't show up until the second or third week after the first symptoms appear. Thus, this test is done regularly after the diagnosis.
Some children who have Kawasaki disease don't have the classic signs and symptoms of the acute ________. Doctors may not diagnose these children until 2 to 3 weeks after the ________ of the disease. This is when another common sign of Kawasaki disease occurs— ________ of the skin on the fingers and toes.
If your child is diagnosed at this point, he or she will likely need echo right away to see whether the disease has ________ the coronary arteries.
Other Diagnostic Tests
Doctors also use other tests to help diagnose Kawasaki disease, such as: Blood tests. The results from blood tests can show whether the body's blood ________ are inflamed.
Chest x ray. This painless test creates pictures of ________inside the chest, such as the heart and lungs. A chest x ray can show whether Kawasaki disease has affected the heart.
This simple test detects and records the heart's ________ activity. An EKG can show whether Kawasaki disease has affected the heart.