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Meniscal maceration is a finding sometimes used on MRI imaging to describe the wasting away of the meniscus or cause it to become soft or separated into constituent elements. It is often used with chronic degenerative conditions although some authors also propose this term in the setting of a tear (macerated tear) 2. On imaging, it is often seen as a meniscal loss with the destruction of expected architecture.
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