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BACKGROUND Interleukin-18 (IL-18) plays an important role in mediating cytokine cascade leading to coronary artery lesions (CALs) in Kawasaki disease (KD). However, our research suggested that the literature regarding IL-18 and KD is limited. Consequently, this study aimed to evaluate the correlation between IL-18 and CALs in patients with KD. METHODS In(More)
Kawasaki disease (KD) is acute systemic vasculitis that occurs mainly in infants and children under 5 years of age. The etiology of KD remains unknown. KD is liable to be complicated by coronary artery lesions (CALs), which develop in approximately 15-25% of untreated KD children and in approximately 5% of KD children after intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)(More)
We aimed to investigate which factors are associated with coronary artery lesions (CALs) during the acute and chronic stages in Taiwanese children with Kawasaki disease (KD). A total of 216 children with KD were enrolled. Clinical and laboratory data were obtained for each child within 7 days of illness. The patients were classified into KD children without(More)
BACKGROUND The relationship between cytokine gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to Kawasaki diseases (KD) is still controversial, so the aim of the present study was to investigate the association of 14 various polymorphisms of 9 cytokine genes (interleukin (IL)-1A, IL-1B, IL-1RN, IL-4, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, tumor necrosis factor-A and transforming growth(More)
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