What are the signs and symptoms of Reye syndrome?

Updated: Apr 02, 2018
  • Author: Debra L Weiner, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Signs and symptoms of Reye syndrome include protracted vomiting, with or without clinically significant dehydration; hepatomegaly in 50%; minimal or absent jaundice; and lethargy progressing to encephalopathy, obtundation, coma, seizures, and paralysis. Notably, patients are afebrile. Some postulate that antiemetics mask early symptoms, and others propose that antiemetics may further predispose the individual to the disease.


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