Fat embolism in the brain
A 20-year-old university student in Taichung was involved in an automobile accident and his femur was broken. At the hospital, he was in and out of consciousness and was unable to speak nor move his arms.
An MRI scan revealed that there were fat deposits in his cranial cavity, and fat droplets were seen in the areas of his brain that controlled speech and movement. Doctors at the Taichung Kuang Tien Hospital suspected that the fat in the bone marrow of the femur escaped into the blood stream and traveled pass the lungs into the cranial cavity. It was a case of fat embolism in the brain.