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My sister has a fat embolism. What does this mean?

My sister has a fat embolism. What does this mean?

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 more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Embolus (Definition)

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


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What symptoms of a fat embolism are the most important?

What symptoms of a fat embolism are the most important?

Strokes and hypoxia: Fat emboli cause two very serious problems. The most common is blockage of blood flow in the lungs. The other is blockage of blood flow to the brain, should they pass through the heart. ...Read more

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Can i get a fat embolism from a broken ankle?

Can i get a fat embolism from a broken ankle?

Possible, unlikely: Fat embolism can be life-threatening yet not that common. Anything is possible but it will be highly unlikely that a broken ankle lead to fat embolism. ...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 more

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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 more

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What is fat embolism?

What is 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

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What are fat embolism causes?

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

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What causes death in fat embolism syndrome?

Oxygen deprivation: Blockage of circulation causing 02 deprivation.

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What are the most common symptoms of fat embolism?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough are some of the most common symptoms of fat embolism. ...Read more

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Fat Embolism (Definition)

Fat particles break loose and go in lungs ...Read more