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)
or Reye syndrome
An acute disorder characterized by encephalopathy and an accumulation of fatty deposits in the liver, resulting in vomiting, disorientation, and coma and occurring mainly in children following a viral infection such as chickenpox or influenza. It is linked to the use of aspirin and other salicylates.
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.