Reye's syndrome is a very rare disorder that can cause serious liver and brain damage. If it's not treated promptly, it may lead to permanent brain injury or death.
Reye's syndrome mainly affects children and young adults under 20 years of age.
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Read about Reye's syndrome, a rare disorder that can cause liver and brain damage. If Reye's syndrome isn't treated promptly, it can be fatal or result in permanent brain injury.
The symptoms of Reye's syndrome usually begin a few days after aviral infection, such as a cold , flu or chickenpox . Initial symptoms can include: vomiting repeatedly tiredness and lack of inte
As Reye's syndrome can be fatal, it's vital that you get medical advice if you think your child may have it. Dial 999 to ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest accident and emergency
The exact cause of Reye's syndrome is unknown, butit most commonly affectschildren and young adults recovering from a viral infection typically, but not exclusively,a cold, flu or chickenpox. In most
As Reye's syndrome is so rare, other conditions that can cause similar symptoms need to be ruled out. These include: meningitis inflammation of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and
If Reye's syndrome is diagnosed, your child will need to be immediately admitted to an intensive care unit. Treatment aims to minimise the symptoms and supportthe body's vital functions, such as bre
As a result of advances in diagnosing and treating Reye's syndrome, the majority of children and young adults who develop it will survive, and some will make a full recovery. However, Reye's syndrome
Becauseofthe possible link between aspirin and Reye's syndrome, aspirin should only be given to children under 16 on the advice of a doctor when it's felt the potential benefits outweigh the risks. C