Reye Syndrome

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:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • 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.

Contact Information

Phone:
(702) 759-1000

Updated on: August 21, 2018