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What's reye syndrome?

What's reye syndrome?

Acute liver failure: Recognized in the early 60's this pattern of acute liver failure/coma & death often struck kids recovering from the flu or chickenpox. After improving they went through a rapid decline in aleartness & were found to have liver failure.An association with Aspirin products led to almost total elimination it it's use in kids<16yo. It is now rarely if ever seen even at the largest children's hospitals. ...Read more

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What are the tests for reye syndrome?

See below:: There is no specific treatment for this condition. Critical care docs will monitor the pressure in the brain, blood gases, and blood acid-base balance (ph). Treatments may include: •breathing support (a breathing machine may be needed during a deep coma) •fluids by IV to provide electrolytes and glucosesteroids to reduce swelling in the brain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of reye syndrome?

What are the symptoms of reye syndrome?

See below:: Reye's syndrome is a rare but serious condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain. It most often affects children & teens recovering from a viral infection and who may also have a metabolic disorder. Signs and symptoms such as confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness require emergency treatment. Aspirin has been linked with reye's syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reye Syndrome?

Reye's Syndrome: Is a rare and serious syndrome that causes swelling of brain and liver. This syndrome can happen after chicken pox and influenza infection. Reye's syndrome can also be exacerbated by use of aspirin. Here is a helpful article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/reyes-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20020083 ...Read more

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What is the treatment for reye syndrome?

What is the treatment for reye syndrome?

See below:: There is no specific treatment for this condition. Critical care docs monitor the pressure in the brain, blood gases, and blood acid-base balance (ph). Treatments may include: •breathing support (a breathing machine may be needed during a deep coma) •fluids by IV to provide electrolytes and glucosesteroids to reduce swelling in the brain. ...Read more

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Does reye syndrome kill?

It Can: Reyes syndrome has neurological and hepatic complications. Often triggered by thye use of Aspirin with the existance of certain infections such as chicken pox or perhaps even influenza. Death can occur. ...Read more

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Can applying Salicylic Acid topical cause Reye Syndrome in a sick/ill teen?

Avoid using: Avoid using topical salicylic acid in teens with flu or chicken pox. There is a risk to develop Reye Syndrome a rare but serious condition involving the liver and brain. ...Read more

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Will taking aspirin lead to reye syndrome ?

Will taking aspirin lead to reye syndrome ?

If use during viral: Although we do not know exactly why reye syndrome occurs, but often following viral illness such as flu, chicken-pox, and some viral upper respiratory infections, and use of Aspirin during these illnesses. This is syndrome is rather rare, but there are now many alternatives to control fever during illnesses and so use of Aspirin in children is not recommended. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does previously having had aspirin affect the risk of reye syndrome?

Does previously having had aspirin affect the risk of reye syndrome?

Age/illness related: The era of Reye Syndrome peaked in the late 70's in kids after flu or chickenpox.It began to decline when we quit using aspirin products with kids. It hit mostly school age kids under 16.Today we don't use aspirin like products in kids under 16. ...Read more

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Aspirin can cause reye syndrome when given to children; what age group does this mean?

Aspirin can cause reye syndrome when given to children; what age group does this mean?

20's: The salicylates in Aspirin are the usual cause of reyes syndrome. They are found in other products, such as pepto bismal (bismuth salicylate) and peppermint oil. The oldest case of rs i know of is early 20's. I did not let my daughter take it until she was 25. ...Read more

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Can mefenamic acid cause reye syndrome?

Probably not: Reye's syndrome is rare now because it was found to be due to Aspirin given to "bring down the fever" there are still occasional appearances of the disease unassociated with Aspirin but I have never seen a reference to the substance in your question. ...Read more

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Does mefenamic acid lead to reye syndrome?

Reye syndrome: Reye syndrome typically occurs after a viral illness, and is associated with the use of Aspirin during the illness. Mefenamic acid and Aspirin belong to the family of nsaids or non steroidal inflammatory drugs, it can possibly lead to reye syndrome. ...Read more

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What's the association between aspirin & reye syndrome?

What's the association between aspirin &  reye syndrome?

Liver failure/coma: In the 60's & 70's a dreadful problem arose in kids with flu or chickenpox who seemed to get better, then lapsed into a coma & died of liver failure. After a link to Aspirin was found we quit giving it to kids <16 unless they had rare illnesses like kawasaki or jra.There has been a dramatic decline in cases since.Those of us who treated cases know it well. ...Read more

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If you previously had chicken pox will this reduce the risk of reye syndrome?

If you previously  had chicken pox will this  reduce the risk of reye syndrome?

Rare today : Reye syndrome peaked in the late 70's & has declined precipitously since the association with Aspirin was found & removed from kid treatment.It was more common among the 5-10yo's that had flu or chickenpox.I haven't seen or heard of a case in years & don't recall it ever happening to adults. Being immune to chickenpox is a plus, but flu goes around yearly. ...Read more

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If i take daily aspirin (81mg) to prevent blood clots can I get flu shot (afraid of associated reye syndrome) I am 38.

If i take daily aspirin (81mg) to prevent blood clots can I get flu shot (afraid of associated reye syndrome) I am 38.

Get Ur flu shot: In the peak period of reye syndrome during the 70's it was found associated with growing kids, generally in mid childhood.When we quit giving Aspirin to kids (birth to 16) the process all but disappeared.You are not in a risk group at 38.I believe in the flu shot.I sent a newborn home with a grandparent in 2009 when her pregnant daughter died of flu at 39 weeks. It would have made a difference. ...Read more

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What is reyes syndrome?

What is reyes syndrome?

Dz. of brain & liver: A medical syndrome characterized by acute vomiting and the progression of worsening neurologic symptoms which develops within 5 to 7 days after the beginning of an acute viral illness. The illness includes fatty degeneration of the liver due to mitochondrial injury. It is believed to be associated with the intake of aspirin-containing products by children during viral illness. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for reyes syndrome?

Reye's syndrome: is fortunately a very rare disorder that requires hospital treatment. It is mostly supportive care with IV fluids, glucose, diuretics, antiseizure medicines, etc. There is no cure. It is just supporting the patient through the acute phase and hopefully to recovery. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has reyes syndrome?

He'd be dead or ICU: Reye's syndrome was mostly seen in the 1980's, with children having sudden liver failure. It was associated with the use of Aspirin during certain viral infections (flu and chickenpox). Most of these kids died, and all were very, very ill. If your child isn't critically, it is not reye's syndrome. For reasons we don't fully understand, reye's syndrome seems to have largely disappeared. ...Read more

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I only took one asprin, will I get reyes syndrome?

I only took one asprin, will I get reyes syndrome?

Unlikely: Millions of people take Aspirin every day without getting reyes syndrome. There is a small chance of reyes syndrome developing when Aspirin is taken by a child with certain viruses, which is why Aspirin is rarely recommended for fevers in children any more (except under certain circumstances). ...Read more

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