2013 Seasonal Talk –Kawasaki and Complications
10th August 2013
The Third Seasonal talk – Kawasaki and Complications was taken part in the Seminar Room 1, M/F, Hospital Authority Building, Kowloon on 15th June 2013. The talk aimed to enhance people’s understanding of Kawasaki and the complications. There were 97 participants in total.
The talk was started by Dr. CHONG Chun Yi, a specialist in Paediatrics, to explain the history of Kawasaki. Dr. CHONG used a number of photos to assist audience in understanding the symptoms and hoped to arouse their awareness. The risk of having complications could greatly decreased by early treatment. Also, Dr. CHONG stated there were several methods to identify the disease while blood test was quite reliable. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) was a standard and effective treatment to Kawasaki recently.
Apart from this, the talk was continued by Professor CHEUNG Yiu Fai, a professor of Paediatric Cardiology of Department of Paediatrics and Adoloescent Medicine of Queen Mary Hospital. Professor CHEUNG further elaborated the treatment of Kawasaki and shared the experience and research of different regions. Different complications such as Angiomas and Atherosclerosis and the corresponding checking and treatment were introduced. Professor CHEUNG emphasized the serious consequence of treatment delay and appealed to the audience the importance of having a healthy diet.
A committee member of Systemic Vasculitis & Takayasu Arteritis Mutual Support Group introduced the activities organized by the group afterward. She suffered from Takayasu Arteritis and hoped to arouse the public’s attention on these rare diseases by her experiences. Besides, she encouraged those who suspected of having such diseases should make diagnosis and get proper treatment as early as possible.
The talk then followed by a Q&A session where participants actively asked questions. Dr. CHONG and Professor CHEUNG answered with patience to solve their doubts. The audiences found the information from the talk very useful and hoped to participate to the activities in the future.