What are the causes of fat embolism?

Updated: Mar 26, 2018
  • Author: Constantine S Bulauitan, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Causes of FES include the following:

  • Blunt trauma (associated with 90% of all cases) [10]
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Burns
  • Joint reconstruction
  • Liposuction
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Decompression sickness
  • Parenteral lipid infusion
  • Sickle cell crisis [11, 12, 13]
  • Pathologic fractures

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