What is Reye's Syndrome, and how does it present?
A toxicity disease that occurs mainly in children and young adults after salicylate therapy. Etiology is unknown, and predisposing factors include chronic salicylate therapy, and some viruses and toxins. Develops in two phases, initially presenting as a respiratory infection that ~4 days later develops into nausea and vomiting with sudden changes in mental status and liver damage. Can be mild or progress to toxic encephalopathy (rapidly fatal), and serious mental disturbances may remain after recovery.