Horizontal tear and flap tear of the medial meniscus

Case contributed by Dr Magdalena Chmiel-Nowak


Knee pain. No recent trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male

A horizontal tear of the posterior horn and body of the medial meniscus is seen, extending to the tibial surface. Slightly more anteriorly a flap tear is visible, which is displaced into the superior parameniscal recess, between the medial femoral condyle and the deep part of the MCL; the free edge of the medial meniscal body at this location is blunted as a result of the tear. 

Case Discussion

Horizontal meniscal tears are usually degenerative in nature and often asymptomatic. On the contrary, any displaced tear, also arising from a horizontal tear, is very likely to cause pain.

It is important to report flap tears and their displacement site as they can be missed at arthroscopy.

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Case information

rID: 75239
Published: 22nd Mar 2020
Last edited: 9th Dec 2020
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