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Fat Embolism
Brett W. Carter, MD, CPPS
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Clinical Issues

          • Diagnostic Checklist

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Abbreviations

              • Fat embolism (FE)
              • Fat embolism syndrome (FES)
            • Definitions

              • FE
                • Release of fat globules into venous system
                • Typically benign course
              • FES
                • Pulmonary, cerebral, cutaneous manifestations

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • CT Findings

                  • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                    • Imaging Recommendations

                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          • Microscopic Features

                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                            • Presentation

                              • Demographics

                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                  • Treatment

                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                    • Consider

                                      Selected References

                                      1. Rothberg DL et al: Fat embolism and fat embolism syndrome. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 27(8):e346-55, 2019
                                      2. Unal E et al: Nonthrombotic pulmonary artery embolism: imaging findings and review of the literature. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 208(3):505-16, 2017
                                      3. Gallardo X et al: Nodular pattern at lung computed tomography in fat embolism syndrome: a helpful finding. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 30(2):254-7, 2006
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                                      KEY FACTS

                                      • Terminology

                                        • Imaging

                                          • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                            • Clinical Issues

                                              • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                TERMINOLOGY

                                                • Abbreviations

                                                  • Fat embolism (FE)
                                                  • Fat embolism syndrome (FES)
                                                • Definitions

                                                  • FE
                                                    • Release of fat globules into venous system
                                                    • Typically benign course
                                                  • FES
                                                    • Pulmonary, cerebral, cutaneous manifestations

                                                IMAGING

                                                • General Features

                                                  • Radiographic Findings

                                                    • CT Findings

                                                      • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                                                        • Imaging Recommendations

                                                          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                            PATHOLOGY

                                                            • General Features

                                                              • Microscopic Features

                                                                CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                • Presentation

                                                                  • Demographics

                                                                    • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                      • Treatment

                                                                        DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                        • Consider

                                                                          Selected References

                                                                          1. Rothberg DL et al: Fat embolism and fat embolism syndrome. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 27(8):e346-55, 2019
                                                                          2. Unal E et al: Nonthrombotic pulmonary artery embolism: imaging findings and review of the literature. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 208(3):505-16, 2017
                                                                          3. Gallardo X et al: Nodular pattern at lung computed tomography in fat embolism syndrome: a helpful finding. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 30(2):254-7, 2006