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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-53

Fat embolism syndrome


1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla, JLN Medical College, Ajmer, India
2 Department of Radio Diagnosis, Government Medical College, Trivandrum, India

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Jacob George
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Pushpagiri Medical College, Tiruvalla
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.106133

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Fat embolism syndrome is an often overlooked cause of breathlessness in trauma wards. Presenting in a wide range of clinical signs of varying severity, fat embolism is usually diagnosed by a physician who keeps a high degree of suspicion. The clinical background, chronology of symptoms and corroborative laboratory findings are instrumental in a diagnosis of fat embolism syndrome. There are a few diagnostic criteria which are helpful in making a diagnosis of fat embolism syndrome. Management is mainly prevention of fat embolism syndrome, and organ supportive care. Except in fulminant fat embolism syndrome, the prognosis is usually good.


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