Anterior suprapatellar fat pad

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 29 Nov 2021

The anterior suprapatellar fat pad, also known as the quadriceps fat pad, is one of the anterior knee fat pads. It is triangular-shaped, lies superior to the patella, posterior to the quadriceps tendon and anterior to the suprapatellar bursa and separates the knee joint capsule from the synovium. 

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: knee anatomy (illustrations)
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  • Figure 2: highlighted in red
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