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September 1949

CEREBRAL FAT EMBOLISM: Report of a Case with Recovery

Author Affiliations

Consulting Neurologist, Cape Cod Hospital; Director of the Brain Wave Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital HYANNIS, MASS.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;62(3):355-357. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310150102010

Recovery from cerebral fat embolism is exceedingly rare. In this report we record the complete recovery of a patient with cerebral fat embolism and comment briefly on the literature.

REPORT OF CASE  J. T., a 20 year old athlete, sustained a fracture of the right tibia and fibula playing football on Nov. 2, 1947. There was no other injury, and he was fully conscious. Splints and traction were applied before he was taken to the Cape Cod Hospital, at 3: 35 p. m. Roentgenograms taken at once without disturbing the splints revealed oblique fractures of both bones just above the midpoint with some posterior displacement of both lower fragments. Position was satisfactory enough to warrant application of plaster to the midthigh; the patient was given morphine sulfate, ¼ grain (15 mg.) and put to bed. No manipulation or reduction was done and no anesthesia given.Physical examination at that time

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