Reye syndrome, a rare disease Reye syndrome, a rare disease

Reye syndrome, a rare disease

Current living 16 October, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

This condition affects the blood, liver and brain of someone with a recent viral infection.

While anyone can suffer from this condition, it primarily affects children and teens during flu season. Symptoms of this condition can include nausea, vomiting, listlessness, changes and personality (irritability, aggressiveness or confusion), delirium, convulsions and a loss of consciousness.

If these symptoms occur soon after a viral illness, seek medical attention immediately as Reye syndrome can cause comas and brain death, which is why a quick diagnosis is key. Treatment for this condition focuses on preventing brain damage.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, while its cause is unknown, some studies have shown that taking aspirin can increase the risk of getting it.

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Some warning signs of this syndrome include double vision, hearing loss, loss of muscle function, paralysis of the arms or legs, difficulty talking or weakness in the arms or legs.

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