But we have a more effective treatment. Combining steroids and immunoglobulins seems to work better than one or the other alone, at least in Japanese patients. The study commentator did say that we still use aspirin here in the U.S.
I’ve thought about Kawasaki before, especially in relationship to rheumatic fever, juvenile arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis in general. There are some clear links to a bacterial cross-reaction. So if we are busy shooting these kids full of steroids, could we get a blood level of antibodies against, maybe, streptococcus or other bacteria?
Here’s the link to my study extracts and thoughts.
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