Definition of Fat embolism

1. Noun. Serious condition in which fat blocks an artery; fat can enter the blood stream after a long bone is fractured or if adipose tissue is injured or as a result of a fatty liver.

Generic synonyms: Embolism



Medical Definition of Fat embolism

1. The occurrence of fat globules in the bloodstream following fracture of a long bone, in burns, in childbirth or in association with fatty degeneration of the liver. Symptoms occur when fat globules block vessels within the lung (i.e. Pulmonary embolism) or the cerebral vasculature (i.e. Stroke). Fat embolism after bone fracture generally occurs in the first 3-4 days post fracture and commonly manifests with the signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fat Embolism

fat body of ischiorectal fossa
fat body of orbit
fat camp
fat cat
fat cats
fat catshark
fat cell
fat chance
fat choy
fat city
fat client
fat clients
fat dormice
fat dormouse
fat droplet
fat embolism (current term)
fat farm
fat finger
fat fingers
fat free
fat graft
fat hen
fat hernia
fat indigestion
fat lip
fat lips
fat metabolism
fat necrosis

Literary usage of Fat embolism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Treatment of fractures: With Notes Upon a Few Common Dislocations by Charles Locke Scudder (1915)
"The proper treatment is early high amputation with stimulation of the heart by strychnin and alcohol. fat embolism.—fat embolism, to a greater or less ..."

2. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1882)
"ALTHOUGH the subject of fat embolism has been before the profession for twenty years, and has been the subject of many important contributions to periodical ..."

3. An Introduction to Pathology and Morbid Anatomy by Thomas Henry Green (1884)
"This fat-embolism is believed, by some to be the cause of death after simple fractures— a very rare ... It is probable that the lungs Fat-Embolism of Lung. ..."

4. The Harvey Lectures by Harvey Society of New York, New York Academy of Medicine (1920)
"In multiple wounds through the subcutaneous fat and in shell fracture of the femur, fat embolism is known to be present. On February 2, 1917, I proved that ..."

5. Dislocations and joint-fractures by Frederic Jay Cotton (1910)
"The red marrow of children's bones gives little fat, and von Aberle |[ has pointed out the rarity of fat embolism in children's fractures** under the age of ..."

6. Surgery, Its Principles and Practice by William Williams Keen, John Chalmers Da Costa (1906)
"Although unfamiliar with the manifestations of fat embolism in man, he described the ... The first observations of fat embolism in the human subject are ..."

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