Reye syndrome

Definition / meaning of Reye syndrome

A rare disease that damages the brain and liver and causes death if not treated. It occurs most often in children younger than 15 years who have had a fever-causing virus, such as chickenpox or flu. Taking aspirin during a viral illness may increase the risk of Reye syndrome.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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