Reye's syndrome (rīz, rāz) or Reye syndrome (rī, rā)
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.
[After Ralph Douglas Kenneth Reye (1912-1978), Australian pediatrician.]
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