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Kawasaki disease KD is an acute pediatric vasculitis of infants and young children with unknown etiology and no specific laboratory-based test to identify. A specific molecular diagnostic test is urgently needed to support the clinical decision of proper medical intervention, preventing subsequent complications of coronary artery aneurysms. We used a simple and low-cost colorimetric sensor array to address the lack of a specific diagnostic test to differentiate KD from febrile control FC patients with similar rash-fever illnesses.

Study Design

Demographic and clinical data were prospectively collected for subjects with KD and FCs under standard protocol. After screening using a genetic algorithm, eleven compounds including metalloporphyrins, pH indicators, redox indicators and solvatochromic dye categories, were selected from our chromatic compound library n = 190 to construct a colorimetric sensor array for diagnosing KD. Quantitative color difference analysis led to a decision-tree-based KD diagnostic algorithm.


This KD sensing array allowed the identification of 94% of KD subjects receiver operating characteristic ROC area under the curve AUC 0.981 in the training set 33 KD, 33 FC and 94% of KD subjects ROC AUC: 0.873 in the testing set 16 KD, 17 FC. Color difference maps reconstructed from the digital images of the sensing compounds demonstrated distinctive patterns differentiating KD from FC patients.


The colorimetric sensor array, composed of common used chemical compounds, is an easily accessible, low-cost method to realize the discrimination of subjects with KD from other febrile illness.

Autor: Zhen Li , Zhou Tan , Shiying Hao , Bo Jin, Xiaohong Deng, Guang Hu, Xiaodan Liu, Jie Zhang, Hua Jin, Min Huang, John T. Kanegaye,

Fuente: http://plos.srce.hr/


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