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Brain death due to fat embolism - could moderate hypercapnia and prone position be blamed for the tonsillar herniation?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
2013 (English)In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 118, no 4, 276-278 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fat embolism to the systemic circulation in polytrauma patients is very common. The fat embolism syndrome (FES), however, is a rare condition. We describe a case of traumatic femur fracture with FES that was presented as acute tonsillar herniation (coning) and brain death postoperatively. We believe that in this case the prone position and moderate hypercapnia contributed to the acute coning.

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2013. Vol. 118, no 4, 276-278 p.
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Fat embolism, hypercapnia, prone position, trauma
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210568DOI: 10.3109/03009734.2013.818600ISI: 000325527300011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210568DiVA: diva2:663996
Available from: 2013-11-13 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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