Hypodense middle cerebral artery with fat embolus

Neurocrit Care. 2007;6(2):147-8. doi: 10.1007/s12028-007-0007-y.


A 44-year-old man developed a right middle cerebral artery territory stroke due to a large fat embolism after an aortic valve repair. We briefly review the phenomenon of fat embolism and discuss the salient radiographic (CT) finding in this case--a "hypodense artery sign."

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aortic Valve / surgery*
  • Embolism, Fat / diagnostic imaging*
  • Embolism, Fat / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery / diagnostic imaging*
  • Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery / etiology*
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed