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Medicine For Fat Embolism
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. ...Read more
Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more
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. ...Read more
If true, serious: Fat embolism is usually due to trauma with disruption of long bones like the femur, exposure of the fat in the marrow to the blood space, & then causing hematologic havoc like diffuse clotting and then a very serious condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation that consumes the proteins needed to clot, so difficult to control bleeding results. This is a big deal, so urgent care needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seeing the Dr.: You need to seen and followed by a doctor to possibly be placed on some sort of blood thinning medication, and have your LIPIDS followed regularly to assure you are at goal with your fat embolism risk factor. Depending on the values, you may need lipid lowering medication. If overweight, certainly diet and exercise would be part of your treatment too. Good luck. ...Read more
What are the chances of survival in fat embolism. If it has occurred in brain and blood is entering lungs.
Why's blood in lungs: Forget about the fat embolism here for a moment. This person has a bigger problem which is "blood ENTERING the lungs." What's that all about? Not from the fat embolism. So if we're talking major trauma and the lungs have blood in them....then, all hands on deck to stop that disaster first. The fat embolism will have to wait. ...Read more
Possibly: If severe enough, fat embolism can be life threatening. Some degree of fat embolism usually occurs with most major orthopedic procedures. ...Read more
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I have a fatty liver what are the chances of me getting a fat embolism, im actively loosing weight but im just scared to death by this?
No worries: Liver fat can lead to nash (non-alcoholic steatotic hepatitis) which eventually can lead to hepatoc failure and death. The obesity epidemic in north america has seen a rise of nash over the last decade. Weight loss can help prevent this... Fat embolism is due to long bone (femur) fracture, not from obesity... Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How rare is a fat embolism from a fatty liver, i'm absolutely petrified of this happening as i got my ALT to normal now it's stated raising again?
NASH, in the DDx: Obesity and, therefore, fatty liver does not predispose to fat embolism (fe). Fe is caused by leaking bone marrow into the circulation. Nash, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, is associated w/ fatty liver and can cause liver failure. This may explain a rising transaminase (alt, ast) level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Amniotic fluid embolism ....can someone in this world of medicine help me...Can't get any help in Miami fl cause it's so rare.. I'm not well .
Are you sure?: Are you sure you have an amniotic fluid embolus? It is not a chronic condition. It is an acute emergency, usually happening at the time of delivery, and is life threatening. Do you mean pulmonary embolism, which is also life threatening but not always an acute event. The risk of pulmonary embolus is increased during pregnancy. ...Read more
On 8-5-2012, I was diagnosed with Bilateral PE (pulmonary embolism). I was on medicine till January at which time I ran out. I can't afford to see a doctor. Is it ok?
Extent of disease: Death from pulmonary embolism is related to the degree and extent of the clots in the lung . If greater than 50% of the pulmonary arteries are acutely occluded by blood clots the risk for death dramatically rises. Contributing factors also include delay in establishing the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers