Infrapatellar fat pad

Last revised by Rohit Sharma on 19 Jan 2024

The infrapatellar fat pad, also known as Hoffa fat pad, is the largest of the anterior knee fat pads. It is located immediately posterior to the patellar tendon and is traversed during knee arthroscopy. 

It was initially described by Albert Hoffa (1859-1907) in 1904 3.

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