Longitudinal (vertical) meniscal tear

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

Presentation

Knee pain with locking.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Longitudinal (vertical) tear of the anterior horn, body and posterior horn medial meniscus without complete extrusion or parameniscal cyst formation. Lateral meniscus is intact. Collateral and cruciate ligaments are intact. No bone marrow edema. 

Case Discussion

Longitudinal tears, also known as vertical tears, occur perpendicular to the tibial plateau and parallel to the long axis of the meniscus splitting the meniscus into inner and outer parts. 

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