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Fat Pads of the Knee

Overview

    • Look For

    • The suprapatellar and prefemoral fat pads, normally next to each other on the lateral knee x-ray
    • Interpretation

    • Separation of fat pads - indicates joint effusionLigamentous / menisceal injury, intra-articular fracture, arthritis, infection, tumour
    • Lipohaemarthrosis - fat-fluid level within fat padsIntra-articular fracture
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