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Dr. Elise Sadoun
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Reye Syndrome (Overview)

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


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What exactly is reye's syndrome?

What exactly is reye's syndrome?

Reye's syndrome: in children, which comes from giving aspirin to a child during a viral infection. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic medications have not been specifically approved for children and frequently carry warnings against using these drugs in children under 16 years of age. ...Read more

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Dr. Elise Sadoun
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Reye Syndrome (Overview)

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


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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 are the tests for reye syndrome?

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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Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Chicken pox: While you are indeed correct that Aspirin use has been associated with reye's , this is not the case with any of the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid's). So it is fine to use Ibuprofen with chicken pox. ...Read more

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What causes reye's syndrome?

What causes reye's syndrome?

Reye's syndrome: in children, which comes from giving aspirin to a child during a viral infection. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic medications have not been specifically approved for children and frequently carry warnings against using these drugs in children under 16 years of age. ...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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What is reye's syndrome and how to treat it?

What is reye's syndrome and how to treat it?

See below: Reye's syndrome, a deadly disease, strikes swiftly and can attack any child (or adult) without warning. All body organs are affected with the liver and brain suffering most seriously. While the cause and cure remain unknown, research has established a link between reye's syndrome and the use of Aspirin and other salicylate containing medications. Initial treatment is IV fluid & airway protection. ...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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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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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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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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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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Reye's Syndrome (Definition)

A potentially life threatening condition that occurs in children. Symptoms include persistent vomiting, headache, confusion, and coma. The cause is unknown but it is thought to be associated with children with viral illnesses ...Read more