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

an embolism resulting from fracture of a plaque of atherosclerosis, most frequently caused by trauma to the aorta during cardiac catheterization.

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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