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

The patella - important anatomical relationships

The kneecap or patella is part of a chain of structures that help to straighten the knee.

Fat pad syndrome

A syndrome is a collection of signs and symptoms that tend to occur in association.

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Hoffa's disease: a report on 5 cases. Larbi A, Cyteval C, Hamoui M, Dallaudiere B, Zarqane H, Viala P and Ruyer A. Diagn Interv Imaging. 2014 Nov;95(11):1079-84. doi: 10.1016/j.diii.2014.06.009. Epub 2014 Jul 7.

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