Cerebral fat embolism studied with MRI and SPECT

Neuroradiology. 1993;35(3):199-201. doi: 10.1007/BF00588493.


In a patient with fat embolism to the brain CT showed no abnormality. MRI performed after recovery from coma, when the patient had aphasia and quadriparesis, demonstrated multiple high signal abnormalities in the white matter on both T1- and T2-weighted images. HMPAO-SPECT showed left-sided hypoperfusion which resolved in parallel with clinical improvement 1 month later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Basal Ganglia / diagnostic imaging
  • Basal Ganglia / pathology
  • Caudate Nucleus / diagnostic imaging
  • Caudate Nucleus / pathology
  • Embolism, Fat / diagnosis*
  • Embolism, Fat / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnosis*
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon*