How serious is Reyes syndrome?
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.
How long does Reyes syndrome last?
Reye’s syndrome is a biphasic condition that typically occurs in a child who is otherwise healthy. It begins as a prodromal febrile illness that is likely viral in nature, such as an upper respiratory infection or varicella, or possibly rotavirus. After this illness resolves, the child will recover for 3 to 5 days.
Who discovered Reye’s syndrome?
Reye syndrome is characterized by acute noninflammatory encephalopathy and fatty degenerative liver failure. The syndrome was first described in 1963 in Australia by RDK Reye and described a few months later in the United States by GM Johnson.
Why should you not give aspirin to a child?
Aspirin and Reye’s Syndrome It turns out that giving aspirin to children during a viral illness—most often influenza (the flu) or chickenpox—can lead to a potentially fatal condition called Reye’s syndrome. 1 Reye’s is defined by sudden brain damage and liver function problems. It can cause seizures, coma, and death.
Who is at risk for Reye’s syndrome?
Reye’s syndrome usually occurs in children who have had a recent viral infection, such as chickenpox or the flu. Taking aspirin to treat such an infection greatly increases the risk of Reye’s. Both chickenpox and the flu can cause headaches. That’s why it’s important to not use aspirin to treat a child’s headache.
Why is my 10 year old always sick?
Why do children get ill so often? Well, the main reason children pick up infections and viruses so easily is because they are being exposed to new viruses all the time. Every new person they meet, place they go and thing they touch will expose them to new viruses, no matter how much you clean.
Can Reye’s syndrome occur in adults?
The syndrome has rarely been reported to occur in adults over 18 years old. We report the 25th case of Reye’s syndrome occurring in an adult, which initially presented as acetominophen toxicity but was shown to be Reye’s syndrome on histological examination of the liver.
Is Reye syndrome genetic?
Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency is a rare genetic metabolic disorder characterized by a deficiency of the enzyme medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase.