Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 171--174

Infiltration and Fat Droplet Phagocytosis by Macrophages in the Alveoli may be the Most Likely Characteristics of Fat Embolism


Bin Wang1, Fu Zhang2, Ning Xiao1, Xiang Xu1, Qi Wang1, Xiao-Hui Tan1, Tao Wang1, Hui-Jun Wang1, Dong-Ri Li1 
1 Department of Forensic Medicine, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, PR China
2 Guangdong Public Security Department, Key Laboratory of Forensic Medicine, Guangzhou 510050, Guangdong Province, PR China

Correspondence Address:
Dong-Ri Li
Department of Forensic Medicine, Southern Medical University, No. 1838, Guangzhou 510515, Guangdong Province
PR China

We report a case of nontraumatic fat embolism syndrome with large amounts of macrophages with phagocytized fat droplets in the alveoli. A 46-year-old male presented with a glass-cut injury in his little finger. The wound was debrided and sutured at the hospital, but he was found dead 43 h after treatment. Autopsy results showed that the patient had steatohepatitis, accompanied by histological findings of fat droplets in the pulmonary capillaries. In the alveoli, we found a large number of macrophages with phagocytized fat droplets that showed stained. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of such a case, and the paper proposes that fat droplets phagocytized by a large number of macrophages may be a characteristic feature of fat embolism, which may be relevant to forensic pathology practice.


How to cite this article:
Wang B, Zhang F, Xiao N, Xu X, Wang Q, Tan XH, Wang T, Wang HJ, Li DR. Infiltration and Fat Droplet Phagocytosis by Macrophages in the Alveoli may be the Most Likely Characteristics of Fat Embolism.J Forensic Sci Med 2016;2:171-174


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Wang B, Zhang F, Xiao N, Xu X, Wang Q, Tan XH, Wang T, Wang HJ, Li DR. Infiltration and Fat Droplet Phagocytosis by Macrophages in the Alveoli may be the Most Likely Characteristics of Fat Embolism. J Forensic Sci Med [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Jun 24 ];2:171-174
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