Reye's syndrome: What you need to know
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Reye's syndrome is a rare disorder that can cause serious damage to all organs of the body, but particularly to the brain and liver.
While it can occur in people of any age, it is most common in those aged 18 years or younger and is particularly common in children aged 4 to 12 years old.The exact cause of Reye's syndrome is unknown, but research has suggested a link between the condition and the use of aspirin. it most commonly affects children and young adults who are recovering from a viral infection, such as a cold, flu, or chickenpox.Cases of Reye's syndrome are seen more in the winter months than other times of the year. If the disease occurs, an abnormal amount of fat builds up in the liver, while pressure grows on the brain. Without treatment, it can be fatal within just a few days or even hours.Warning signs to watch out for are constant vomiting, changes in behavior, and extreme tiredness, especially just after having a viral illness.Anyone diagnosed with Reye's syndrome should be treated immediately in the intensive care unit (ICU). Treatment aims to support the body's vital functions, such as breathing and blood circulation, while also protecting the brain against permanent damage caused by swelling...


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