Tag Archives: Embolism

Cerebral Fat Embolism in Hemoglobin SC Disease

A 63-year-old Caribbean man was admitted to the hospital for low back and pelvic pain. His medical history included sickle cell hemoglobin (Hb) C disease with no vaso-occlusive crisis within the last 20 years, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treated with inhaled corticosteroids for the last 4 years. A few hours after admission, respiratory distress […]

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Inside Out: Bone Marrow Necrosis and Fat Embolism

  Neurologic symptoms initially attributed to infection were ultimately the result of a devastating hematologic condition. The patient, a 57-year-old woman, was rushed to the emergency department for somnolence and slurred speech. She had experienced low back pain during the preceding week. Her medical history was notable for a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placed several years ago […]

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