Horizontal meniscal tear

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.

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.

Knee pathology

The knee is a complex synovial joint that can be affected by a range of pathologies:

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rID: 44003
Tag: cases
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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  • Case 1: of medial meniscus
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