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Reye s Syndrome

Reye’s Syndrome

a rare but dangerous disease, often life-threatening, accompanied by inflammation of the brain. In this syndrome very quickly fat accumulates in the liver. Reye’s syndrome usually occur in children and adolescents, and in adults it is rare. Often the disease was recorded among patients infected with influenza and also chicken pox.

If someone in the family suffered Reye’s syndrome, with relatives increases the likelihood of developing this syndrome. Whether this is due to heredity or the transmission of infection from one family member to another, surely the doctors can not yet say.

Very rarely, Reye’s syndrome can occur twice.


The cause of Reye’s syndrome is unknown, it can develop from certain viruses, such as influenza A and b, varicella, suggesting the effect of aspirin. Taking aspirin or drugs containing aspirin, while these viruses affect the increased risk of developing this syndrome in thirty-five times, potentially dangerous to teenagers and children.

The prevalence

The development of the syndrome is three hundred thousand infected with influenza virus in children.


The development of symptoms of Reye noted, from the third to the seventh day after the beginning of viral diseases. The disease begins to develop from several hours to two days.

If sudden nausea or vomiting, lack of energy and weight loss, sleepiness, or inadequate behavior, difficulty breathing, seizures or coma should immediately sound the alarm and immediately call an ambulance.


Any treatment is not able to stop the development of Reye’s syndrome.

Very important is the timely detection of the syndrome and the intensive care to support important body functions. Intravenously injected a variety of drugs that prevent bleeding and intracranial pressure.

Patients, overcome difficult phase of the disease, have a chance to recover fully. Who had seizures, and later can be manifestations of brain damage. A ventilator to support breathing in severe forms of the disease.