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Reye's Syndrome Underlying Cause

The cause of Reye's syndrome is unknown; however, aspirin therapy plays a role. About 80 percent of children who develop Reye's syndrome were treated with aspirin during a viral illness.

Last Updated: Jul 9, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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