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Reye’s syndrome: understanding causes and complications

Reye’s syndrome: understanding causes and complications

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From this CPD module on Reye’s syndrome you will learn about:

  • The theories of what causes this syndrome
  • The symptoms and complications, and how it is diagnosed
  • Advice pharmacists can give parents about prevention

Download this module - this includes the 5 minute test - here.

Reye’s syndrome, first described by Australian pathologist R.D Reye in 1963, is a rare and potentially fatal condition that most commonly affects children and adolescents. It typically occurs in those recovering from a viral illness, such as a cold, flu or chickenpox.

What causes Reye’s syndrome?

The cause of Reye’s syndrome is unknown, although some triggers have been identified. It has been suggested that Reye’s syndrome could be caused by hypersensitivity to salicylates – found in many over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, for example, aspirin.


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