Meaning of Reye's syndrome

Reye's' syn"drome

Pronunciation: (rīz, rāz), [key]
  1. an uncommon, severe disorder occurring primarily in children after a viral illness, as influenza or chickenpox, and associated with aspirin usage, involving swelling of the brain and liver and affecting other organs: symptoms include fever, projectile vomiting, confusion, and, sometimes, respiratory arrest.
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