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Horizontal tears - medial and lateral menisci

Case contributed by Bahman Rasuli
Diagnosis certain


Right knee pain without a history of obvious trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male

Right knee


A horizontal tear is present at the lateral meniscus associated with a large parameniscal cyst near its anterior horn.

Horizontal tear also is seen at the body and posterior horn of the medial meniscus.

Mild joint effusion is seen.

Cruciate ligaments are intact.

Case Discussion

The case shows the typical appearance of the most common meniscal tear pattern, the horizontal tear with abnormal signal band lies parallel to the tibial plateau and separates the meniscus into upper and lower parts which obviously is seen at the lateral meniscus. 

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