Magnetic resonance imaging of cerebral fat embolism: A case report

G. Citerio, E. Bianchini, L. Beretta

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Fat embolism syndrome (FES) is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality following multiple fractures. Neurological involvement (cerebral fat embolism) has been reported frequently. A case of cerebral fat embolism is reported. While CT scan revealed no abnormalities, MRI, performed in this patient 8 days after trauma, showed relative lowintensity areas on T1-weighted images and high intensity areas on T2-weighted images involving cerebral white matter, corpus callosum and basal ganglia. MRI follow-up (1 and 3 months post-trauma) showed nearly complete resolution of the abnormal signal. MRI seems to be a useful diagnostic tool for detecting and quatifying lesions in fat embolism syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-681
Number of pages3
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1995


  • Fat embolism
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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