Reye's Syndrome

Reye's Syndrome is a disease that mainly affects the liver and brain. It generally occurs when a person is recovering from a viral illness.

"Research has shown an association between the development of Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin (a salicylate compound) for treating the symptoms of influenza-like illnesses, chicken pox, colds, etc. The U.S. Surgeon General, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that aspirin and combination products containing aspirin not be given to children under 19 years of age during episodes of fever-causing illnesses." National Reye's Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

Early diagnosis is important.

Please use this link to Medline Plus for more information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001565.htm

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