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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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Reye's Syndrome (Definition)

Reye syndrome is 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


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How do I know if my baby has reyes syndrome?

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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What are the treatments for reyes syndrome?

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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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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How long after taking aspirin does reyes syndrome develop ?

It is not: the aspirin alone but when a person has influenza and takes aspirin together. It is usually several days into infection that the first symptoms develop. You can avoid aspirin use during flu seasons. This flu season is not in full swing yet but getting a flu shot can help avoid infection. ...Read more

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Any connection between chicken pox and reyes syndrome?

Any connection between chicken pox and reyes syndrome?

Maybe.: Reye syndrome usually occurs right after a viral infection, such as a cold or chickenpox, but whether there is a cause-effect connection is not known yet with certainty. Reye is definitely associated with aspirin, which is why Aspirin is no longer recommended for routine use in children. ...Read more

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Can aspirin induce reyes syndrome with a child that recently was given the varicella vaccine?

Can aspirin induce reyes syndrome with a child that recently was given the varicella vaccine?

Doubt anyone knows: We have not recomended the use of Aspirin products to any child under 16 in 20+ years(except for rare use in kawasaki disease or jra).Why any parent would use it now after any vaccine is puzzeling. Only a fraction of flua or chichenpox sufferers that were given Aspirin developed reyes so the risk would be low but why ever give it to a kid unless it was the last possible med available. ...Read more

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What is reye's syndrome?

What is  reye's syndrome?

Deadly process: First noted in the 60'sand peaking in the 70's, this is a pattern of acute liver failure,coma and often death. It often struck kids recovering from flu or chickenpox. Its cause is unclear, but an association with intake of any salicylate product was recognized.After salicylates were stopped for kids under 16, the condition has all but disappeared. ...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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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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