Kawasaki Disease: Sensitivity and Specificity
Introduction: Kawasaki disease is a difficult disease to diagnose. The diagnosis relies on a constellation of symptoms.
[The following is taken from review article by Burns and Glode cited below]
The diagnosis is confirmed by the presence of fever for at least 5 days and of four of the five criteria below, and by the lack of another known disease process to explain the illness.
The following is a review article on Kawasaki disease that includes an extensive differential diagnosis for each of the important symptoms in the constellation of findings that define Kawasaki disease: Burns JC, Glodé MP. "Kawasaki syndrome." 1: Lancet. 2004 Aug 7-13;364(9433):533-44. PMID: 18387169
Differential Diagnoses include: Acute Streptococcal Pharyngitis