Subcutaneous fat fracture - leg

Case contributed by Maulik S Patel
Diagnosis almost certain


Direct trauma to anterior distal leg - 2 hrs back. Radiograph - negative for fracture.

Patient Data

Age: about 11 - 13 yrs
Gender: Male

A fluid filled gap is noted in subcutaneous plane at site of trauma. Tiny echoes are noted in fluid - blood. Underlying muscle is intact.

Case Discussion

Direct trauma causing discontinuity of subcutaneous fat in leg - fat fracture.

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.