Complex meniscal tear

Complex meniscal tears extend in more than one plane, and can in turn create separate flaps of meniscus. 

Radiographic features

MRI knee

The mensical tear usually includes a combination of radial, horizontal, and longitudinal components (any two or all three). Often the meniscus substance appears fragmented and tends to extend in more than one plane.

Treatment and prognosis

They are more likely to be unstable.

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Article information

rID: 41462
Section: Pathology
Tags: refs, cases, knee
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Complex tear of meniscus
  • Complex meniscal tears

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Cases and figures

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    Case 1: involving posterior horn of medial meniscus
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