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  Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Cerebral Fat Embolism [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2012; 18(3): 108-110 | DOI: 10.4274/Tnd.14892  

Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Cerebral Fat Embolism

Feride Kural, Fuldem Yıldırım Dönmez, Hülya Aslan, Burcu Akpınar, Ahmet Muhteşem Ağıldere
Department Of Radiology, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey

Fat embolism syndrome (FES) is mostly associated with long bone fractures of the lower extremities. FES typically occurs between 1 and 3 days after the trauma, and the clinical triad is hypoxia, neurologic symptoms and petechial rash (4, 5). Neurologic symptoms widely vary from confusion to coma, rarely death may occur. Magnetic resonance imaging is the most sensitive technique in the diagnosis of cerebral FES and typical findings are multipl punctate hyperintensities at subcortical and deep white matter on T2 weighted and diffusion weighted images which is called as starfield pattern.

We report a case of cerebral FES in a patient who had neurologic symptoms after traumatic femur neck facture.

Keywords: fat embolism, diffusion, MRI


Feride Kural, Fuldem Yıldırım Dönmez, Hülya Aslan, Burcu Akpınar, Ahmet Muhteşem Ağıldere. Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Cerebral Fat Embolism. Turk J Neurol. 2012; 18(3): 108-110

Corresponding Author: Feride Kural, Türkiye


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