EUGENE I. WINKELMAN, M.D.
Although the problem of fat embolism most often falls within the realm of the surgeon, the internist may also encounter it, either directly or in the role of consultant. Though it classically appears after fractures of the femur and tibia,2, 25 it is also commonly seen with burns involving 10% or more of the skin surface,14, 17, 20, 24, 25 and massive soft tissue injury following accidents, blast injuries or severe beatings.17, 21, 23, 25 However, there are reports throughout the literature indicting it as a complication, rare in most instances, of a multitude of pathologic conditions, nontraumatic as well
WINKELMAN EI. FATAL FAT EMBOLISM FOLLOWING MINIMAL SOFT TISSUE INJURY1. Ann Intern Med. ;50:1508–1512. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-6-1508
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;50(6):1508-1512.
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