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Fat embolism as a complication of closed femoral shortening.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1613104     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although closed femoral osteotomy for shortening or correction of deformity is not a new procedure, its popularity apparently is increasing. We have encountered a serious "biological" complication that should be considered before this technique is selected. Two patients, a 12-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man, developed findings consistent with the fat embolism syndrome after closed femoral shortening. We suggest consideration of postoperative monitoring with pulse oximetry of patients undergoing this procedure.
K J Edwards; R J Cummings
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric orthopedics     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0271-6798     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Orthop     Publication Date:    1992 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-07-30     Completed Date:  1992-07-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109053     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Orthop     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  542-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida 32247.
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MeSH Terms
Embolism, Fat / etiology*,  radiography
Femur / surgery
Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary / adverse effects*
Leg Length Inequality / surgery*
Osteotomy / adverse effects*
Pulmonary Embolism / etiology,  radiography

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