Computed tomography for diagnosis and assessment of cerebral fat embolism

Neuroradiology. 1983;24(5):283-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00333182.


A patient with cerebral fat embolism was followed by computed tomography (CT). For the first few days after injury, CT revealed no abnormality. About a week later, multiple low density areas appeared in the white matter of the frontal region. They disappeared within the subsequent 2 weeks while subdural effusions developed in the fronto-parieto-temporal regions. As neurologic recovery progressed, the subdural effusions gradually diminished and cerebral atrophy was seen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Embolism, Fat / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*