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fat embolism


Definition: a respiratory distress syndrome that can occur during long bone fractures that result from the release of bone marrow elements into the circulatory system that accumulate in the lungs to affect gas exchange adversely.

See: bone marrow embolism

Synonym(s): oil embolism

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