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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Feham Tariq, MD [2]

Overview

The exact incidence of FES is unknown and is estimated to be of <1% to >30% of all trauma cases. It commonly affects individuals 10-40 years of age. Fat embolism syndrome more commonly affects men more than women.

Epidemiology

Incidence

  • The exact incidence of FES is unknown.
  • The estimated annual incidence of FES in the orthopedic and trauma literature, has ranged from <1% to >30% of cases.
  • This varying incidence is attributed due to difference in the diagnostic criteria employed.

Demographics

Age

  • The incidence of fat embolism syndrome increases with age.
  • It commonly affects individuals 10-40 years of age.[1]

Race

  • There is no racial predilection to fat embolism syndrome.

Gender

  • Fat embolism syndrome more commonly affects men more than women.

References

  1. Stein PD, Yaekoub AY, Matta F, Kleerekoper M (2008). "Fat embolism syndrome". Am J Med Sci. 336 (6): 472–7. doi:10.1097/MAJ.0b013e318172f5d2. PMID 19092320.

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