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It fills the space between the patellar tendon and the cruciate ligaments in the middle of the knee, and has a cushioning effect in this space.
Library of excerpts from the medical literature about Hoffa's Fat Pad, with links to PubMed
A syndrome is a collection of signs and symptoms that tend to occur in association.
The kneecap or patella is part of a chain of structures that help to straighten the knee.