Fat embolism--a review

Arch Emerg Med. 1991 Dec;8(4):233-9. doi: 10.1136/emj.8.4.233.


The subject of fat embolism is of recurring interest to those managing trauma. This article covers the topic of fat embolism in general, and presents a case of fulminant fat embolism syndrome which highlights the importance of clinical expertise, and whatever technological aids are available to diagnose and appropriately treat this relatively rare, but highly significant form of the syndrome. Fulminant fat embolism syndrome has a very high mortality and should be watched for in patients who have experienced major trauma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Embolism, Fat* / diagnosis
  • Embolism, Fat* / etiology
  • Embolism, Fat* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multiple Trauma / complications
  • Pulmonary Embolism* / diagnosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism* / etiology
  • Pulmonary Embolism* / therapy
  • Syndrome