Reye syndrome

Pronunciation: (ray SIN-drome)

A rare disease that damages the brain and liver and causes death if not treated. It occurs most often in children younger than 15 years who have had a fever-causing virus, such as chickenpox or flu. Taking aspirin during a viral illness may increase the risk of Reye syndrome.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-08-24 Date last modified: 2007-09-21