Fat Embolism Syndrome: Our Experience
Fat embolism syndrome is a serious consequence of fat emboli producing a distinct pattern of clinical symptoms and signs. It is most commonly associated with fractures of long bones and the pelvis. Patients usually present with signs and symptoms of multiorgan dysfunction, particularly involving the triad of lungs, brain, and skin. A combination of clinical criteria and MRI brain will enable early and accurate diagnosis of FES. Prevention, early diagnosis, and adequate symptomatic treatment are the mainstay of management. We present a case who became drowsy, after a few hours of a traumatic fracture and developed pulmonary insufficiency, cutaneous petechiae. MRI findings were consistent with cerebral fat embolism. Treatment included intensive care, artificial respiration, and symptomatic therapy. The patient had recovered completely.
Bangladesh Crit Care J March 2013; 1: 49-52
Upon acceptance for publication the copyright of the paper automatically transfers to the BCCJ and will not be published elsewhere either in part or whole without written permission of the copyright holder.
Except for personal use, no part of the materials published in this journal may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher.