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A ghost meniscus, also known as the empty meniscus sign, refers to a large radial tear that has completely transected the meniscus or, alternatively, previous meniscectomy.

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On MRI knee when the slice plane is exactly in line with the meniscal tear this can produce either reduced signal of the involved meniscus from partial volume averaging or even a complete absence of the meniscus when there is a large-sized defect.

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rID: 34141
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Empty meniscus sign
  • Absent meniscus sign
  • Meniscal ghost sign
  • Ghost meniscus sign
  • Empty meniscus
  • Faded meniscus

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