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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 306-308

Multimodal imaging tools for diagnosis of fat embolism


1 Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Calgary Stroke Program, Calgary, Canada
2 Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Calgary Stroke Program, Calgary, Canada; Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Calgary Stroke Program, Calgary, Canada; Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Calgary, Canada; Department of Radiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

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Andrew M Demchuk
Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Calgary Stroke Program, Calgary, Canada; Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Calgary, Canada; Department of Radiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.82232

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It is important to consider several differential diagnoses in a patient presenting with altered sensorium following surgery. Fat embolism syndrome (FES) is a serious condition that needs to be excluded. Although criteria for diagnosis of FES are available, all patients may not satisfy them. We discuss a patient who presented with an incomplete triad of the FES, where the diagnosis was supported by transcranial doppler monitoring of microembolic signals and magnetic resonance imaging.


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