Delayed cerebral microbleeds in a patient with cerebral fat embolism
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Fat embolism syndrome, frequently associated with displaced long bone fracture of the lower extremities, is characterized by respiratory disability, petechial skin rash, and neurological symptoms. It is estimated that the incidence of cerebral fat embolism (CFE) is 0.9–2.2% . The clinical presentations of CFE can vary greatly, ranging from mild confusion to coma, and rarely include seizures and focal findings. Five distinctive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) patterns of CFE, including scattered cytotoxic edema, confluent cytotoxic edema, vasogenic edema, petechial hemorrhage, and chronic sequelae, have been summarized by Kuo et al. after systematic review of the literature . Previous case reports have suggested that it is common to detect diffuse microbleeds on susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI). However, the exact time and mechanism of cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are not well understood. Here, we describe a CFE patient presented with delayed CMBs after...
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