Ruptured dermoid tumor of the cavernous sinus associated with the syndrome of fat embolism

Case report

Franco DeMonte M.D., F.R.C.S.(C) 1 and Ossama Al-Mefty M.D. 1
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  • 1 Division of Neurological Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois
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✓ The syndrome of fat embolism is a well-known clinicopathological entity that may appear 2 to 4 days after skeletal trauma; nontraumatic causes have been recognized, however. This report details the fat embolism syndrome occurring in a patient after surgery within the cavernous sinus to remove a dermoid tumor.

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Address reprint requests to: Franco DeMonte, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), Division of Neurological Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, Illinois 60153.
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