What is it?

Reye's disease is a rare but serious condition that primarily affects children and teenagers. The condition is characterized by swelling in the liver and brain, which can lead to liver damage, neurological problems, and even death.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of Reye's disease include persistent vomiting, lethargy, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness. These symptoms typically occur after a viral illness, such as the flu or chickenpox, and can rapidly progress in severity.


Diagnosis of Reye's disease is usually made through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and laboratory tests, including liver function tests, blood chemistry tests, and imaging studies of the brain.


Treatment for Reye's disease typically involves hospitalization and supportive care to manage symptoms and prevent complications. This may include intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration, medications to control vomiting and seizures, and close monitoring of liver function. In severe cases, the patient may require mechanical ventilation to assist with breathing.

Prevention of Reye's disease involves avoiding the use of aspirin or aspirin-containing medications in children and teenagers, particularly during viral illnesses. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used as an alternative for pain or fever relief.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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