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December 7, 1912

FAT EMBOLISM FROM A CHRONIC OSTEOMYELITIS

Author Affiliations

CANBY, MINN.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(23):2065-2066. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270120050014
Abstract

The literature on "fat embolism" is remarkable because of its brevity and lack of detail. Keen1 gives a brief historical sketch of the subject, as do also LaConte and Stewart.2 In my study of the literature, however, I find no mention of fat embolism coming from a chronic bone disease with no apparent trauma. Having had a case of the kind I feel it of sufficient importance to be reported.

History.  —Miss H., aged 19, had typhoid fever at the age of 10. Since then the distal end of the femur had been the seat of a chronic inflammation with a discharging sinus. In the fall of 1910 she was operated on. The sinus healed and gave no further trouble until March, 1911.

Present Illness.  —March 12, 1911, on her way to Rochester, Minn., the patient stopped off at Canby, Minn., apparently as well as when she left

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