Elbow fat pads with new signs and extended differential diagnosis

W. A. Murphy, M. J. Siegel

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Although fat pad signs are classically associated with fracture, there are many nontraumatic disease processes which lead to positive fat pad signs. Any intraarticular fluid or tissue accumulation may result in an abnormal posterior fat pad. A 'paradoxical' positive posterior fat pad sign may occur in some instances of extraarticular disease. An extended differential diagnosis is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-665
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977


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