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Fat embolism to the cardiac conduction system associated with sudden death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3335386     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During a brief hospital stay, a patient under treatment with corticosteroids for lymphoma died suddenly and unexpectedly. At autopsy, fat emboli were identified in the lungs, myocardium, liver, and brain. Examination of the cardiac conduction system revealed fat emboli in the vessels of the bundle of His as well as those accompanying the bundle branches, a finding believed to have resulted in the sudden death. This report is the first of fat embolization to the cardiac conduction system and emphasizes the importance of examination of this system in cases of unexplained or sudden death.
D A Schwartz; S D Finkelstein; G D Lumb
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human pathology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0046-8177     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum. Pathol.     Publication Date:  1988 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-02-20     Completed Date:  1988-02-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421547     Medline TA:  Hum Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  116-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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MeSH Terms
Bundle of His / pathology
Death, Sudden / etiology*
Embolism, Fat / chemically induced,  complications,  pathology*
Heart Conduction System / pathology*
Middle Aged
Prednisone / adverse effects
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