Pulmonary fat embolism: Common and unusual computed tomography findings

Gaetano Nucifora, Fjoralba Hysko, Alessandro Vit, Annarosa Vasciaveo

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Fat embolism syndrome (FES) is a common complication of fractures, usually of the long bones and pelvis. Common computed tomography findings of pulmonary FES include areas of consolidation, ground-glass opacities, and small nodules of various sizes, whereas filling defects in pulmonary arteries are rarely described in nonfulminant syndromes. We present an unusual case of nonfulminant pulmonary FES in which computed tomography disclosed multiple macroscopic pulmonary fat emboli associated to diffuse ground-glass attenuation in both lungs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-807
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007


  • Computed tomography
  • Fat embolism syndrome
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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