Chondral delamination

Chondral delamination is a form of cartilage injury and refers to the separation of the articular cartilage from the underlying subchondral bone at the tidemark. It may or may not be associated with chondral fissure.


Often associated with twisting like injuries. The delamination line runs parallel to the joint surface, but the overlying articular cartilage remains initially intact.

Radiographic features

CT arthrography / MRI / MR arthrography

Typically seen as a flap-like lifting of a whole plate of cartilage from the bone.

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rID: 61602
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Delamination of cartilage
  • Cartilage delamination
  • Chondral delamination injury

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