cholesterol embolism


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cho·les·ter·ol em·bo·lism

embolism of lipid debris from an ulcerated atheromatous deposit, generally from a large artery to small arterial branches; it is usually small and rarely causes infarction.

cholesterol embolism

A condition of subacute onset due to showers of cholesterol emboli, causing ischaemia of affected organs up to months after an exposure. In the kidneys, cholesterol embolism may cause acute renal failure.

Aetiology
Dislodged atherosclerotic plaque, severe atherosclerosis, post vascular surgery or coronary catheterisation, anticoagulant use.

cho·les·ter·ol em·bo·lism

(kŏ-les'tĕr-ol em'bŏ-lizm)
Embolism of lipid debris from an ulcerated atheromatous deposit, generally from a large artery to small arterial branches; it is usually small and rarely causes infarction.
Synonym(s): atheromatous embolism.
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Cholesterol embolism syndrome (CES) refers to embolization of cholesterol crystals from a proximal large artery to distal smaller caliber arterial beds resulting in inflammation and ischemia.
Cerebral cholesterol embolism was confirmed in three patients with postmortem examination.
Treatment revolves around supportive care and prevention of further cholesterol embolism. There is some evidence that statin therapy reduces the occurrence of CES [26], although no randomized trials have been done to support this.
For example, fat and cholesterol embolism are most often iatrogenic.
Cholesterol embolism: still an unrecognized entity with a high mortality rate.
(5.) Resnik KS.Intravascular cholesterol clefts as an incidental finding: cholesterol embolism or nots Am J Dermatopathol 2003; 25: 497-9.