What is the prognosis of cutaneous cholesterol emboli (CCE)?

Updated: Apr 12, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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CCE is a repetitive process. Untreated patients often have recurrent episodes with significant morbidity and mortality; however, patients with only peripheral involvement, as opposed to both peripheral and visceral involvement, have a much better prognosis. In the most extensive review of CCE cases, the mortality rate was very high. Forty-nine (78%) of 68 patients died.


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