Cerebral fat embolism after bilateral total knee replacement arthroplasty

Ri Na Chang, Jong Hak Kim, Heeseung Lee, Hee Jung Baik, Rack Kyung Chung, Chi Hyo Kim, Tae Hu Hwang

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Abstract

Fat embolism syndrome is a rare and potentially lethal complication most commonly seen in long bone fractures and intramedullary manipulation. The clinical triad of fat embolism syndrome consists of mental confusion, respiratory distress, and petechiae. This study reports a case of cerebral fat embolism syndrome following elective bilateral total knee replacement. After an uneventful anesthesia and initial recovery, the patient developed neurologic symptoms nine hours postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S207-S210
JournalKorean Journal of Anesthesiology
Volume59
Issue numberSUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Arthroplasty
  • Fat embolism
  • Total knee replacement

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