Fat necrosis

August 29, 2023

What is fat necrosis?

Fat necrosis is a term used to describe dead or dying fat cells called adipocytes. Fat necrosis is commonly found in the breast although it can occur in any location where fat is normally found.

Fat necrosis
Fat necrosis under the microscope.

What causes fat necrosis?

The most common cause of fat necrosis is trauma. Other causes include ischemia (decreased blood flow), infections, inflammation, and medical treatment such as radiation.

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