Reye's syndrome in nonpediatric age groups

R. R. Varma, D. R. Riedel, Thomas Nowak, G. J. Harrington, T. V. Nowak

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Abstract

Reye's syndrome (encephalopathy and fatty liver) is generally considered a disease of children. Four patients, aged 16, 18, 19, and 23 years, with Reye's syndrome were initially seen by internists. A viral prodrome followed by vomiting and encephalopathy without focal neurologic signs or jaundice clinically suggested Reye's syndrome. Normal findings of CSF examination (except for increased opening pressure), abnormal findings of liver function tests, and increased blood ammonia further supports the diagnosis. None was hypoglycemic. Reye's syndrome was related to influenza B virus in three patients and to Varicella in another. Three patients survived. Reye's syndrome may be seen initially by general practitioners, emergency room physicians, internists, or psychiatrists. The importance of considering this syndrome in the differential diagnosis of unexplained encephalopathy in adults is stressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1373-1375
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Volume242
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Reye Syndrome
Age Groups
Brain Diseases
Influenza B virus
Chickenpox
Liver Function Tests
Fatty Liver
Neurologic Manifestations
Jaundice
Ammonia
Hypoglycemic Agents
General Practitioners
Vomiting
Psychiatry
Hospital Emergency Service
Differential Diagnosis
Physicians
Pressure

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Varma, R. R., Riedel, D. R., Nowak, T., Harrington, G. J., & Nowak, T. V. (1979). Reye's syndrome in nonpediatric age groups. Journal of the American Medical Association, 242(13), 1373-1375. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.242.13.1373

Reye's syndrome in nonpediatric age groups. / Varma, R. R.; Riedel, D. R.; Nowak, Thomas; Harrington, G. J.; Nowak, T. V.

In: Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 242, No. 13, 1979, p. 1373-1375.

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Varma, RR, Riedel, DR, Nowak, T, Harrington, GJ & Nowak, TV 1979, 'Reye's syndrome in nonpediatric age groups', Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 242, no. 13, pp. 1373-1375. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.242.13.1373
Varma, R. R. ; Riedel, D. R. ; Nowak, Thomas ; Harrington, G. J. ; Nowak, T. V. / Reye's syndrome in nonpediatric age groups. In: Journal of the American Medical Association. 1979 ; Vol. 242, No. 13. pp. 1373-1375.
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