What is Reye syndrome?
Reye syndrome is a rare condition that may follow an upper respiratory infection or a case of varicella (chickenpox) and can affect the liver, brain, pancreas, kidney, heart and muscle.
People with Reye syndrome experience:
- A change in mental status
Who gets Reye syndrome?
Reye syndrome is more likely to occur among school-age children.
How is Reye syndrome diagnosed?
There is no specific laboratory test to diagnose Reye syndrome. Several criteria must be met for a case to be diagnosed as Reye syndrome.
How can Reye syndrome be prevented?
Children who have an upper respiratory infection or varicella should not be given aspirin or aspirin-containing products without specific physician instructions to administer these medicines.
Where can I get more information?
Contact your physician or the Southern Nevada Health District, Office of Epidemiology at (702) 759-1300.
Updated on: August 21, 2018