Kawasaki Syndrome and Jett Travolta

John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s 16-year-old son, Jett, died on January 2, 2009. He apparently had a seizure and struck his head in the bathtub. Jett Travolta had been diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome.

Symptoms of the disease include a rash, swelling in the extremities, and swollen neck glands. Kawasaki Syndrome also causes acquired heart disease in children. This is a rare disorder that affects less than 20 out of every 100,000 children. Treatment involves giving the child purified antibodies intravenously. Aspirin may also be given as a way to reduce the likelihood of problems with the child’s heart.