Reye's Syndrome - Treatment

Reye's syndrome is a life-threatening emergency. It requires immediate medical attention. The likelihood of recovery is best if the condition is recognized and treated promptly.

The first two steps in treatment are usually an intravenous (into the bloodstream) feeding of sugar and a blood transfusion. These steps help the body recover some of its normal functions. Pressure in the brain is carefully monitored. If it becomes too high, hyperventilation may be needed. Hyperventilation is any process by which the patient is made to breathe more rapidly. The process helps tighten blood vessels in the brain, releasing pressure on the brain.

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