Bucket-handle meniscal tear

Last revised by Dr Mohamed Saber on 24 Jan 2021

Bucket-handle meniscal tears are a type of displaced vertical meniscal tear where the inner part is displaced centrally. They more commonly occur in the medial meniscus and are often associated with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears

Radiographic features

MRI

Bucket-hand tears can manifest as sensitive but not specific signs 1:

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: with double PCL sign
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  • Case 2
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  • Case 3: of the lateral meniscus
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  • Case 4
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  • Case 5
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  • Case 6: lateral meniscus
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  • Case 7: progression from horizontal tear
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  • Case 8: with ACL tear and Wrisberg rip
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  • Case 9
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  • Case 10: lateral meniscus bucket handle tear
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