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J Trauma Inj. 2017 Sep;30(3):107-111. English. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2017.30.3.107
Grigorakos L , Nikolopoulos I , Stratouli S , Alexopoulou A , Nikolaidis E , Fotiou E , Lazarescu D , Alamanos I .
Faculty of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece. grigorakos@parliament.gr
Intensive Care at Trauma, Hospital of Athens, KAT, Kifissia, Athens, Greece.
Center of Respiratory Insufficiency, Sotiria Chest Hospital, Athens, Greece.
Abstract

The fat embolism syndrome (FES) represents a condition, usually with traumatic etiology, which may pose challenges to diagnosis while its treatment usually requires supportive measures in the intensive care units (ICUs). The clinical criteria, including respiratory and cerebral dysfunction and a petechial rash, along with imaging studies help in diagnosis. Here we present three case reports of young male who developed FES and were admitted to our ICUs after long bones fractures emerging after vehicle crashes and we briefly review FES literature. All patients' treatment was directed towards: 1) the restoration of circulating volume with fresh blood and/or plasma; 2) the correction of acidosis; and 3) immobilization of the affected part. All patients recovered and were released to the orthopedic wards. The incidence of cases of patients with FES admitted in our ICUs records a significant decrease. This may be explained in terms effective infrastructure reforms in Greece which brought about significant improvement in early prevention and management.

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