IgA levels are associated with coronary artery lesions in Kawasaki Disease

The Korean Kawasaki Disease Genetics Consortium

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Background and Objectives: Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute systemic vasculitis that affects the coronary arteries. Abnormal immune reactions are thought to contribute to disease pathogenesis. The effect of immunoglobulin (Ig) isotype (IgG, IgA, IgM, and IgE) on inflammatory data and clinical outcomes of patients with KD was examined. Methods: Ig levels in 241 patients with KD were measured during the acute, subacute, convalescent, and normal phases of the disease. Results: Compared with reference Ig values, IgG, IgA, and IgM levels were significantly higher in the subacute phase, while IgE levels were elevated in 73.9% (178/241) of patients with KD in all clinical phases. However, high IgE levels were not associated with clinical outcomes, including intravenous immunoglobulin unresponsiveness and coronary artery lesions (CALs). Significantly more CALs were observed in the high IgA group than in the normal IgA group (44.7% vs. 20.8%, respectively; p<0.01). In addition, IgA levels in the acute phase (p=0.038) were 2.2-fold higher, and those in the subacute phase were 1.7-fold higher (p <0.001), in the CAL group than in the non-CAL group. IgA concentrations increased along with the size of the coronary artery aneurysm (p <0.001). Furthermore, there was a strong correlation between IgA levels and CAL size (r=0.435, p<0.001), with a high odds ratio of 2.58 (p=0.022). Conclusions: High IgA levels in patients with KD are prognostic for the risk of CALs.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere16
JournalKorean Circulation Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Coronary aneurysms
  • IgA
  • Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome


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