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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society > Volume 36(5); 2004 > Article
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2004;36(5): 408-411.
Cerebral Fat Embolism with Multiple Rib and Thoracic Spinal Fractures.
Yoon Soo Lee, Seong Hyun Park, In Suk Hamm
Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. nsdoctor@naver.com
ABSTRACT
Cerebral fat embolism(CFE) is a rarely reported and usually underestimated disease entity. It is important to consider the possibility of CFE when intracranial lesions on brain magnetic resonance(MR) imaging without direct relation to the trauma are seen in patients with multiple bone fractures. The authors report a case of CFE caused by trauma with multiple enhancing lesions on the enhanced T1-weighted MR images and high signal intensity on T2-weighted images in a 24-year-old-man with multiple bone fractures.
Key Words: Fat embolism; Multiple injuries; Magnetic resonance imaging
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