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Test Findings
Test Findings

Fat Pads of the Knee

August 24th, 2017


  • 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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