Horizontal meniscal tear

Last revised by Bahman Rasuli on 25 Dec 2022

A horizontal meniscal tear, also known as a cleavage tear, is a type of meniscal tear in which the tear is oriented horizontally, parallel to the tibial plateau. These tears may be difficult to visualize on arthroscopy.


They usually tend to be degenerative with a greater occurrence in older individuals.



Radiographic features


Usually seen as region of signal alteration extending horizontally along the meniscus parallel to the tibial plateau. Associated parameniscal cysts may be present in some patients.

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