Which history findings suggest fat embolism?

Updated: Mar 26, 2018
  • Author: Constantine S Bulauitan, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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The history of a patient with fat embolism may include the following:

  • Major blunt trauma, usually resulting in long-bone fractures, pelvic fractures, or both
  • Elective long-bone orthopedic procedures or cardiothoracic procedures
  • Parenteral lipid infusion
  • Recent corticosteroid administration

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