Control of cholesterol embolization by discontinuation of anticoagulant therapy

Am J Med Sci. 1978 Jan-Feb;275(1):105-8. doi: 10.1097/00000441-197801000-00013.


A 64-year-old man developed multisystem disease including renal failure while receiving anticoagulants. Renal biopsy showed cholesterol embolization. Discontinuation of anticoagulants resulted in prompt cessation of symptoms and dramatic improvement in renal function.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anticoagulants* / adverse effects
  • Anticoagulants* / therapeutic use
  • Cholesterol*
  • Embolism, Fat / chemically induced
  • Embolism, Fat / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / chemically induced
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Anticoagulants
  • Cholesterol