Hoffa's disease is a disorder of the infrapatellar fat pad.

Hoffa fat pad
The Hoffa fat pad is the main fat pad in the knee. It protects the soft-tissue structures deep within the joint, but is itself vulnerable to injury.


Inflammation of the fat pad

Hoffa's disease is characterised by pain at the front of the knee, and often an effusion and signs suggestive of ligament instability.

fat pad syndrome
Hoffa's syndrome

Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
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