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Which age group is most often affected by Reye syndrome?

Which age group is most often affected by Reye syndrome?

Reye syndrome is a rare disorder that appears to affect males and females in relatively equal numbers. The disorder occurs almost exclusively in individuals younger than age 18 years. Most cases occur at about age 6, with most affected individuals ranging in age from approximately four to 12 years.

How long does it take for Reye syndrome to develop?

The signs and symptoms of Reye’s syndrome typically appear about three to five days after the onset of a viral infection, such as the flu (influenza) or chickenpox, or an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.

Is Reye syndrome fatal?

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.

Is Reye’s syndrome genetic?

The cause of Reye syndrome is unknown. It usually begins shortly after recovery from a viral infection, such as influenza or chickenpox. About 90% of cases in children are associated with aspirin (salicylate) use. Inborn errors of metabolism are also a risk factor.

Who is most likely to develop Reyes syndrome?

Reye’s syndrome: What to know. 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.

Why is it called Reye’s syndrome?

Reye syndrome is named after Australian pathologist R. Douglas Reye, who first reported it in 1963. It’s still not well understood, but studies have linked it to the use of aspirin (salicylates) or aspirin products during viral disease.

How do you test for Reye’s syndrome?

Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) There’s no specific test for Reye’s syndrome. Instead, screening for Reye’s syndrome usually begins with blood and urine tests as well as testing for fatty acid oxidation disorders and other metabolic disorders.

Can a baby be delirious?

It is usually temporary and reversible when the underlying condition is treated. When a child or teenager is delirious, they do not act like themselves. It can be very frightening to both the child and parent. A delirious child needs medical attention immediately.

How is Reye’s syndrome spread?

Experts don’t know what causes Reye syndrome. It often happens in children who have recently had chickenpox or the flu and who took medicines that contain aspirin. Reye syndrome cannot spread from child to child.

Will one aspirin hurt a child?

However, aspirin is an important exception. Aspirin is associated with a risk of Reye’s syndrome in children. Therefore, you should not give aspirin to a child or teen unless specifically directed by a doctor.

Can a 20 year old take aspirin?

To prevent a child from developing the condition, never give aspirin to anyone 19 years old or younger. Read labels carefully: Many over-the-counter drugs, such as antacids and cold and sinus medicines, contain aspirin.

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