Quadriceps/suprapatellar fat pad impingement syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Sameh Saied Ali


Vague knee pain. No history of trauma

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male

The anterior suprapatellar fat pad shows edema with increased signal intensity with a slightly convex posterior surface. Associated minimal effusion in the suprapatellar recess

Edema and convex posterior surface of the quadriceps (anterior supra-patellar) fat pad 

Case Discussion

Suprapatellar fat pad impingement as an unusual cause of knee pain. The imaging findings are edema and convex posterior surface of the anterior suprapatellar fat pad

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Case information

rID: 52863
Published: 23rd Apr 2017
Last edited: 1st May 2017
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