Vertical meniscal tear

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 12 Jun 2024

Vertical meniscal tears 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, and most often the peripheral third 2

Intramensical vertical line of increased T2/PD signal intensity contacting either the femoral and/or tibial surfaces of the meniscus. Pure vertical tears spare the free edge of the meniscus.

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