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Lancet. 1983 Feb 12;1(8320):326-9.

Hepatic and cerebral pathology findings in children with fatal salicylate intoxication: further evidence for a causal relation between salicylate and Reye's syndrome.


Histology or necropsy records of 13 children with accidental or therapeutically induced salicylate intoxication were examined for the presence of hepatic and cerebral pathology findings characteristic of Reye's syndrome. Liver sections stained with haematoxylin and eosin showed intrahepatocytic microvesiculation (10 of 12 children) and absence of significant inflammation or necrosis (10 of 12 children). All 6 specimens of liver tissue stained with oil red O showed intrahepatocytic microvesicular fat with central hepatocytic nuclei distributed either diffusely throughout the lobule or more prominently in the lobular periphery. Liver tissue stained with the periodic-acid/Schiff method showed complete absence of stainable glycogen in 5 of 6 children. 9 of 12 children for whom information was available had cerebral oedema. It is concluded that the light-microscopy hepatic findings and the gross cerebral findings for the majority of these children with salicylate intoxication are the same as those for children with Reye's syndrome.

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