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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
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2013;26(2):58-62
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1Trauma Center of Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.
2Division of Trauma Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
3Trauma Center of Mokpo Hankuk Hospital, Mokpo, Korea.
Received: 15 February 2013   • Revised: 19 March 2013   • Accepted: 24 June 2013

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.

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