A recent controlled American trial of treatment for Kawasaki disease compared the use of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) alone v aspirin at the same dose plus a single preparation of IV γ-globulin, which is not currently licensed in the United States. The dosage of IV γ-globulin was 400 mg/kg/d for four days, and the dosage of aspirin was 80 to 100 mg/kg/d for as many as 8 weeks. The results indicated that, if administered within ten days of onset of fever, the combined treatment significantly lowered the prevalence of coronary artery dilation and aneurysms detected at 2 and 7 weeks postenrollment. The IV γ-globulin-treated group showed significant and rapid reduction in fever, WBC count, and generalized inflammatory signs. Prior studies in Japan also showed benefit from IV γ-globulin.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||1|
|State||Published - 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health