DefinitionReye syndrome is a serious but rare condition. It causes a build-up of fat and swelling in most organs. Reye is most harmful to the liver and brain.It tends to occur during recovery from a viral infection.
CausesThe cause of Reye syndrome is unknown.
Risk FactorsReye syndrome occurs most often in children aged 2-16 years, but it can occur in anyone. Other factors that may increase the chance of Reye syndrome include:
- Use of aspirin or other salicylates, especially in children during viral illness like the flu or chickenpox
- Recent viral illness, including:
- Fatty acid oxidation disorder
- Exposure to certain toxins
SymptomsSymptoms usually occur after a viral illness and may include:
- Frequent or persistent vomiting
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Personality changes, such as irritability and aggression
- Disordered speech
- Rapid or deep breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Inability to breathe without help
DiagnosisThe doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.Your bodily fluids may be tested. This can be done with:
|Spinal Tap–Lumbar Puncture Method|
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