Floating meniscus

Last revised by Utkarsh Kabra on 16 Dec 2019

Floating meniscus (also known as meniscal avulsion) occurs in acute traumatic settings when the meniscotibial coronary ligaments get disrupted leading to avulsion of the meniscus from the tibial plateau.

Radiographic features


Displacement of the meniscus for 5 mm or more from the tibial plateau with fluid interposed between the inferior surface of the meniscus and tibial plateau indicates a floating meniscus.

Differential diagnosis 

  • Wrisberg ligament type of discoid meniscus:
    • has an anterior tibial attachment
    • lack of history of trauma differentiates from floating meniscus

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: meniscal avulsion
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  • Case 1: coronal
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  • Subacute lateral tibial condyle fracture with floating meniscus
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