Reye's syndrome

Screening for Reye’s syndrome begins with blood and urine tests, as well as testing for fatty acid oxidation disorders, and other metabolic disorders. Sometimes more invasive diagnostic tests are needed to evaluate other possible causes or liver problems and investigate any neurological abnormalities.

Reye’s syndrome is usually treated in hospital. Severe cases may be treated in the intensive care unit. The hospital staff will closely monitor your child’s blood pressure and other vital signs. Specific treatment may include:

Treatment of Reye’s syndrome includes:

1. Receiving intravenous fluids. Glucose and an electrolyte solution may be given through an intravenous (IV) line.
2. Diuretics. They’re used to decrease intracranial pressure and increase fluid loss through urination.
3. Medications to prevent bleeding. Bleeding because of the liver abnormalities may require treatment with vitamin K, plasma, and platelets. If your child has difficulties breathing, they may need assistance from a breathing machine (ventilator).

The exact cause of Reye’s syndrome is still not known, but the condition most commonly affects children and young adults recovering from a viral infection – typically the flu, cold, or chickenpox. In most cases, aspirin has been used to treat their symptoms, so aspirin may trigger Reye’s syndrome.

  1. February 28, 2018

    Reye’s syndrome is a rare disorder that causes brain and liver damage. The exact cause of Reye’s syndrome is unknown, but this syndrome usually occurs in children who have had a recent viral infection, such as chickenpox or the flu. Both chickenpox and the flu can cause headaches.taking aspirin to treat such an infection greatly increases the risk of Reye’s.

  2. March 9, 2018

    By expert opinion that Reye syndrome is a rapidly progressive encephalopathy. Symptoms may include vomiting, personality changes, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness as well. Even though liver toxicity typically occurs, the yellowish skin usually does not. It is fatal disease and death occurs in 20–40% of those affected and about a third of those who survive are left. Thanks for the valuable writing and keep it up!

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