CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 541-543

A mysterious case of fat embolism


1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

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Dr. Amanpreet Ghalot
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.SJA_109_20

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We report a patient who sustained catastrophic pulmonary fat embolism post-induction of general anesthesia during laparotomy for haemoperitoneum. The source being the fractured shaft of fracture femur which was missed during the primary survey in the chaos of a positive focused assessment with sonography for trauma and a transient responding patient. In this case report, we want to emphasize the importance of primary survey in a trauma patient, effective communication and documentation to prevent errors and for better management of patients.


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