Intraoperative cerebral arterial embolization during total hip arthroplasty.

BACKGROUND Fat embolism to the pulmonary circulation is known to occur during total hip arthroplasty, especially during insertion of a cemented femoral component. Fat and air bubbles may enter the systemic circulation via a patent foramen ovale or through pulmonary circulation. METHODS To determine whether microemboli to the brain were occurring during… (More)

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