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Journal of Trauma and Injury 2013;26(2):58-62.
Cerebral Fat Embolism after Traumatic Multiple Fracture: A Case Report
Ho Hyun Kim, Yun Chul Park, Dong Kyu Lee, Chan Yong Park, Jae Hun Kim, Yeong Dae Kim, Jung Chul Kim
1Trauma Center of Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.
2Division of Trauma Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. 3rdvivace@hanmail.net
3Trauma Center of Mokpo Hankuk Hospital, Mokpo, Korea.
외상성 다발성 골절 후 발생한 뇌 지방 색전증 1예
김호현, 박윤철1, 이동규2, 박찬용1, 김재훈, 김영대, 김정철1
부산대학교병원 외상센터, 1전남대학교 의과대학 외과학교실 외상외과, 2목포한국병원 외상센터
Received: 15 February 2013   • Revised: 19 March 2013   • Accepted: 24 June 2013
Abstract
A cerebral fat embolism is an uncommon but serious complication of long bone fracture. It can be fatal, and early detection is not easy. Neurologic symptoms are variable, and the clinical diagnosis is difficult. The pathogenesis remains controversial, and several theories have been proposed. Magnetic resonance imaging can detect a cerebral fat embolism with a higher sensitivity than cerebral computed tomography. We report a case of a post-traumatic cerebral fat embolism without pulmonary involvement and review the existing literature.
Key Words: Fat embolism; Post-trauma; Fracture


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