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December 1986

Reye's Syndrome in Adults: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine, Family Practice (Drs Peters, Wiener, Gilliam, and Van Noord), Pathology (Dr Geisinger), and Neurology (Dr Roach), Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(12):2401-2403. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360240145023
Abstract

• Adult Reye's syndrome (ARS) is an infrequently diagnosed condition that typically affects patients younger than age 35 years. We describe a 61-year-old man with ARS occurring after influenza B-USSR infection and aspirin use. The diagnosis of ARS was confirmed by oil-red-O stain of liver biopsy tissue and subsequent electron microscopy. We review the literature on ARS and compare the clinical features and management of ARS with pediatric Reye's syndrome. This case is of interest to practitioners treating adult patients because it demonstrates that the patient population at risk for Reye's syndrome is broader than generally believed.

(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:2401-2403)

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