Longitudinal meniscal tear

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Longitudinal meniscal tears (sometimes called a vertical tear) are a morphological subtype of meniscal tear where a component of the tear is seen extending in a vertical orientation parallel to the circumference of the meniscus.

They tend to occur in younger patients following significant knee trauma.

They are often associated with significant knee injuries, especially anterior cruciate ligament tears.

  • almost always involve the posterior horn (often peripheral third 2)

They can be seen by the presence of a vertical line of increased T2/PD signal intensity contacting either the superior and/or inferior surfaces of the meniscus or both. Pure longitudinal tears spare the free edge of the meniscus.

Knee pathology

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

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rID: 39357
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Longitudinal tear - meniscus
  • Longitudinal meniscal tears
  • Longitudinal tears of the meniscus - knee
  • Longitudinal tears of meniscus - knee
  • Verticlal meniscal tears
  • Verticlal meniscal tear
  • Vertical tear - meniscus

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