Utility of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Suprapatellar Fat Pad Impingement: A Case Report
- Corresponding Author:
- Tara Morgan
Department of Radiology and Biomedical
Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 31, 2016; Accepted date: July 23, 2016; Published date: July 28, 2016
Citation: Gutierrez LB, Morgan TA, Link T, Feeley B, Motamedi D (2016) Utility of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Suprapatellar Fat Pad Impingement: A Case Report. J Clin Case Rep 6: 837. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000837
Copyright: © 2016 Gutierrez LB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
We report a case of suprapatellar fat pad impingement diagnosed and treated using musculoskeletal ultrasound. This report describes the utility of musculoskeletal ultrasound in making the diagnosis of suprapatellar fat pad impingement, which may potentially present as anterior knee pain, and more specifically, anterior superior knee pain. The importance of recognizing this entity on musculoskeletal ultrasound, especially when the imaging findings are subtle on prior MR imaging, is emphasized. Unconvincing suprapatellar fat pad edema on MR imaging, for example, should not preclude consideration of this entity at targeted ultrasound of the anterior knee in a patient with anterior knee pain. Furthermore, once the diagnosis is made using ultrasound, the suprapatellar fat pad impingement can be immediately and effectively treated with ultrasound-guided injection of steroid and anesthetic.