Kawasaki's Disease - Texas Medicine Attempts a Cure
Texas BioMed is teaming up with Children's Hospital of San Antonio and Baylor College of Medicine to attempt discovery of the cause, and to search for a cure, for Kawasaki's Disease.
Texas BioMed's Dr. Jean Patterson said the disease has baffled researchers for decades because nobody can figure it out. It tends to appear like an infectious agent, but Patterson said doctors have been unable to identify any actual infectious agent associated with the disease.
Kawasaki's Disease usually affects children between the ages of three and five. It's painful but not fatal, however other complications can occur. The disease can cause blood vessels in the body to become inflamed, which can lead someone to develop deadly aneurysms.
Researchers are using Texas BioMed's robust animal lab to come up with animal models. Dr. Patterson hopes that if they can figure out what the cause if Kawasaki's Disease is, then a cure will soon follow.