Cholesterol Embolism Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 25, 2019
  • Author: Lisa Kirkland, MD, FACP, FCCM, MSHA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What are the key components in the pathogenesis of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is the pathophysiology of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What causes cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is the prevalence of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is the prognosis of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is included in patient education about cholesterol embolism syndrome?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What are the signs and symptoms of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What are the possible complications of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Cholesterol Embolism?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is the role of angiography in the workup of chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI)?

What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is the role of CT scans in the workup of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is the role of MRI in the workup of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

What is the role of biopsy in the workup of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

Treatment

How is cholesterol embolism syndrome treated?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

How is the risk of cholesterol embolism syndrome reduced?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with cholesterol embolism syndrome?