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Fulminant adult respiratory distress syndrome after suction lipectomy. A case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2251620     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The adult respiratory distress syndrome developing within 24 hours in a patient who underwent suction lipectomy for body contouring under general anaesthesia is reported. During surgery, in which a total of 1.3 l of suction matter was removed, the patient became haemodynamically unstable and mildly hyperthermic. Subsequently, clinical signs and symptoms of the fat embolism syndrome developed. Aggressive haemodynamic and respiratory support over an 8-day period resulted in patient survival. Malignant hyperthermia was excluded as cause for the clinical presentation on muscle biopsy and in vitro caffeine contracture studies. Although usually complication-free, suction lipectomy may be associated with life-threatening incidents. Even suction volumes as low as 1.3 l have potential hazards, therefore the procedure merits regular postoperative observation and re-assessment.
A P Boezaart; C W Clinton; S Braun; C Oettle; N P Lee
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1990 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-01-15     Completed Date:  1991-01-15     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  693-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Embolism, Fat / etiology*
Lipectomy / adverse effects*
Postoperative Complications
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / etiology*

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