Horizontal meniscal tear

A horizontal meniscal tear (or cleavage tear) is a type of meniscal tear where the tear is oriented is horizontally parallel to the tibial plateau. These tears may be difficult to visualise on arthroscopy.

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

Associations
MRI - MR arthrogram

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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rID: 44003
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Horizontal tear of meniscus
  • Horizontal tears of menisci
  • Horizontal tears
  • Cleavage tear of meniscus
  • Cleavage tear of menisci
  • Cleavage tears
  • Cleavage tear
  • Cleavage tear: meniscus

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