Cerebral oedema and the fat embolism syndrome

Intensive Care Med. 1987;13(4):291-2. doi: 10.1007/BF00265121.


A 19-year-old woman who sustained multiple trauma, but no head injury, developed the fat embolism syndrome. Her severe, fulminant and reversible neurological deterioration was associated with cerebral oedema. We suggest that cerebral oedema may contribute to the neurological deterioration in the fat embolism syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Edema / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Edema / etiology*
  • Brain Edema / therapy
  • Critical Care
  • Embolism, Fat / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed