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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Reye Syndrome


Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Reye Syndrome

Reye syndrome is very rare, and many disorders have similar symptoms. Other diseases and conditions that will be considered as a cause of symptoms before a diagnosis of Reye syndrome is made include:

  • Metabolism problems. Most of these disorders are related to liver enzyme defects or protein and fatty metabolism problems and are usually diagnosed before a child is 3 years of age. Symptoms often include frequent low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), an enlarged heart, and muscle weakness. Another child in the family usually has the disorder as well.
  • Effects of drugs (drug intoxication), such as aspirin.
  • Poisoning, including from illegal drugs.
  • Head injury that a parent or adult may not have seen or known about.
  • Infection of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Kidney failure.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerChuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedSeptember 1, 2010

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