Chondral fissure

Last revised by Dr Joachim Feger on 15 Sep 2021

Chondral fissures are a type of chondral injury more accurately cracks or crevices of cartilage extending from the articular surface to the deeper chondral layers. They usually develop as a result of high compressive forces 1 and are often found in the patellar or trochlear cartilage.

Radiographic features


On MRI they show up as thin fluid-intense, chondral clefts and are best visible on T2 weighted or intermediate weighted images 1.

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