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Medical History for Reye Syndrome

A medical history is an important part of diagnosing Reye syndrome. The doctor will ask you a variety of questions concerning your child's symptoms and recent health, such as:

  • Has your child been ill recently?
  • Has your child taken any prescription or over-the-counter medicine, including aspirin, a cold preparation, or herbs?
  • What symptoms have you noticed?
  • Have you noticed any recent personality changes?
  • Is your child more sleepy than usual?
  • Is your child more argumentative or combative than usual?

During the medical history, the doctor will also ask about other possible contributors to your child's symptoms, such as:

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  • Has the affected child or any of your other children ever had known metabolism problems?
  • Has your child's diet recently changed, or has he or she gone without food for a longer-than-usual period of time (fasting)?
  • Do you know if your child is currently experiencing major stress, such as might result from a family move or problems in school?
  • Has your child's urine had an unusual odor lately?
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised September 1, 2010

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Last Updated: September 01, 2010
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