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Arch Dis Child 53:218-223 doi:10.1136/adc.53.3.218
  • Research Article

Fat embolism in infancy after intravenous fat infusions.

Abstract

Four cases of fat embolism are described in infants receiving prolonged intravenous infusion of fat (Intralipid 20%). This therapeutic complication has been termed 'fat overloading syndrome' but bears a clinical similarity to post-traumatic fat embolism. These 4 cases are the first to be recorded in infancy, and with histopathological proof of fat embolism. These 4 cases are the first to be recorded in infancy, and with histopathological proof of fat embolism. Transient high rates of infusion of Intralipid appears to be a factor in the aetiology of the condition.