Reye's syndromeReye's syndrome
a rare, acute, often fatal disease, usually of children, characterized by neurological disorders, swelling of the brain, and enlargement of the liver: it is associated with the use of aspirin for certain viral illnesses
Origin of Reye's syndromeafter R. D. Reye, Australian pathologist who first described it (1963)
An acute encephalopathy characterized by fever, vomiting, fatty infiltration of the liver, disorientation, and coma, occurring mainly in children and usually following a viral infection, such as chicken pox or influenza.
Origin of Reye's syndromeAfter Ralph Douglas Kenneth Reye, (1912–1978), Australian pediatrician.
- (pathology) A potentially fatal disease that causes numerous detrimental effects to many organs, especially the brain and liver.
Named after Dr R. Douglas Reye.