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What is fat embolism?

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Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology 34 years experience
Particle that moves: The term embolism implies something "breaking off" or travelling from an area where it is typically found to another area, through the body, usually in the vascular system. Obviously fat implies some type of lipid particle. This type of embolism is usually related to a traumatic injury, often a bone fracture, allowing this material access to the vascular system. It can be very serious, even fatal.

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What are fat embolism causes?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Fractures: Fractures of the long bones are the commonest cause of fat embolism, though most cases go undetected. Chest compression as part of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation is often associated with fat/bone marrow embolism. Injury to fatty tissue and uncommon metabolic disorders also can cause fat embolism.

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