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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 364-368

Tumor like swellings arising from Hoffa's fat pad: A report of three patients

Department of Orthopaedics, Dr. R. N. Cooper Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Sushant D Ghate
Sarthak Nivas, Wada's Stop, Karvenagar, Behind Shedge Math, Pune, Maharashtra 411 029
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.96368

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We report three rare cases of tumor-like conditions arising from Hoffa's fat pad (HFP). Patients were having persistent knee pain, the cause of which was not diagnosed by the general physician, and then were referred to us for knee pain. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed the lesions to be arising from HFP (ganglion cysts and hemangioma), as was suggested by clinical findings. Anatomy, pathology, and radiological features of the Hoffa's disease are described here to increase awareness in orthopedic community of this rare but interesting disease which is often misdiagnosed as meniscal pathology. These cases illustrate that increased cognizance can facilitate timely intervention which will prevent morbidity of the patient.

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