Marching cleft sign (meniscus)

The marching cleft sign is a finding on sagittal MR images, which is useful in characterizing the configuration of meniscal tears. It is present when a meniscal tear is oriented obliquely in relation to both coronal and sagittal plane, which results in the tear cleft moving towards or away from the free meniscal edge on consecutive sagittal images. It can be seen:

Knee pathology

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

Article information

rID: 74852
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Marching cleft

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: in parrot beak tear
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