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Adding Insult to Injury: Asymptomatic Fat Embolism Identified on Computed Tomography

  • Author(s): Moore, Malia J.
  • Liu, Sophia Y.
  • et al.
Abstract

Fat embolism (FE) is a classically taught complication of long bone fractures, with the potential to cause high morbidity and mortality; however, it is rarely apparent on emergency department (ED) presentation or imaging. If recognized by the ED clinician, development of symptoms of FE may be avoided by early surgical fixation and potentially by corticosteroid administration.

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