Patella tendon lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Ballet dancer with several year history of knee pain.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Female

Case Discussion

Focal soft tissue oedema involving the superolateral aspect of Hoffa's fat pad just inferior to the patella. There is patella alta (Insall-Salvati ratio of 1.5) and mild lateral subluxation of the patella with respect to the trochlear groove.

Findings suggest patella maltracking and resultant patellar tendon lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome also known as Hoffa's fat pad impingement syndrome.

With thanks to Dr Anthony Kam, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

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Case information

rID: 10350
Published: 8th Aug 2010
Last edited: 25th Sep 2015
Tag: mri, knee
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