Fatal marrow embolization following a porous-coated bipolar hip endoprosthesis

Julian S. Arroyo, Kevin L. Garvin, Michael H. McGuire

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Fat embolization syndrome is a well-known complication associated with total hip arthroplasty. It is believed to be caused by high intramedullary pressures that occur during cement pressurization and femoral stem placement. Fat embolization syndrome has also been reported with intramedullary reaming and placement of an intramedullary alignment guide during total knee arthroplasty. To our knowledge, there have not been previous reports of fatal fat emboli as a result of uncemented hip arthroplasty. The purpose of this case report is to describe a fatality due to fat embolization following a noncemented bipolar arthroplasty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-452
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of arthroplasty
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1994


  • arthroplasty
  • endoprosthesis
  • fat embolization syndrome
  • hip
  • marrow embolization
  • porous coated

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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